The national news media have absolutely no interest in issues at all…. There’s nobody on the press plane who would ask an issue question unless he thought he could trick me into some crazy statement.
I don’t think I would ever take on the same frame of mind that Nixon or Johnson did—lying, cheating and distorting the truth. I think my religious beliefs alone would prevent that from happening.
I can’t change the teachings of Christ. I can’t change the teachings of Christ! I believe in them, and a lot of people in this country do as well.
I don’t ever want to do anything as President that would be a contravention of the moral and ethical standards that I would exemplify in my own life as an individual.
I’m just a human being like everybody else…. I have different relationships with different kinds of people: sometimes very serious, sometimes very formal, sometimes lighthearted, sometimes intense, sometimes casual.
I’ve been fairly close to my sons and their taste in music influenced my taste, and I was able to see the impact of Bob Dylan’s attitudes on young people.
We Baptists are taught not to judge other people. . .. Anybody can come and look at my record as governor. I didn’t run around breaking down people’s doors to see if they were fornicating.
I’ve looked on a lot of women with lust. I’ve committed adultery in my heart many times. This is something that God recognizes I will do and God forgives me for it.