Not playing politics, Ari?
I am not going to accept a bill where the Senate micromanages, where the Senate shows they're more interested in special interest in Washington and not interested in the security of the American people." Sept. 5 in Louisville, Ky.
"Senators need to understand I will not accept a homeland security bill that puts special interests in Washington ahead of the security of the American people. I will not accept a homeland security bill that ties the hands of this administration or future administrations in defending our nation against terrorist attacks." Sept. 7 radio address.
"For the sake of the security of our homeland, the Senate needs to be more worried about the American people, and less worried about special interest here in Washington, D.C." Sept. 19 in Washington.
"The House responded, but the Senate is more interested in special interests in Washington and not interested in the security of the American people. I will not accept a Department of Homeland Security that does not allow this president and future presidents to better keep the American people secure. And people are working hard to get it right in Washington, both Republicans and Democrats. See, this isn't a partisan issue. This is an American issue. This is an issue which is vital to our future. It'll help us determine how secure we'll be." Sept. 23 in Trenton, New Jersey.
"My message, of course, is that, to the senators up here that are more interested in special interests, you better pay attention to the overall interests of protecting the American people." Sept. 24 before a Cabinet meeting.