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Sound of Sunday: Most intriguing quotes

Debate over the upcoming midterm elections dominated the talk shows on Sunday.
Debate over the upcoming midterm elections dominated the talk shows on Sunday.
  • "This is going to be a wave election," says GOP Sen. John Cornyn
  • "We will be in the majority in the ... Senate," says Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez
  • "This election really is about the president's agenda," says GOP Senate candidate Rand Paul
  • "I think some of [Paul's] ideas are out of the mainstream," says opponent Jack Conway

(CNN) -- Here are some of the most quotable sound bites from the Sunday morning shows:

On the midterm elections:

"This is going to be a wave election, and it's going to be a referendum on the policies, the unpopular policies, coming out of Washington, D.C., during the last year and a half. ... I think we're going to have a good day on November 2, so I don't know how high or how wide that tsunami will be, but I think it will be significant." -- Republican Sen. John Cornyn, CNN's "State of the Union"

"When I hear this 'tsunami,' the Republicans have been saying they're going to win the Triple Crown, which means the president's seat in Illinois that was vacated, the vice president's seat in Delaware, and the majority leader in Nevada. They're not going to win any of that Triple Crown. We will be in the majority in the United States Senate on November 3." -- Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez, "State of the Union"

"It's important that liberals, conservatives, moderates and the Democratic Party basically stop complaining and realize that we have a month to go. We've had some gains in the last month since Labor Day. But this is when voters are paying attention." -- Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico, CBS's "Face the Nation"

"But our job in the next four weeks is to tell our base, our liberal friends, this is a choice. And the other choice is starkly bad for America and for the things you believe in. And remember, there's an old political adage: All we have got to do is get them to the polls, because a tepid vote counts the same as a wildly enthusiastic vote." -- Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania, "Face the Nation"

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On the Republican Party:

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"I would say that, given the choice between regaining power or obstructing the initiatives that create jobs, that protect the American people, yes, I think gaining power is their major initiative. I'm on the floor of the Senate, and I've got to tell you every single day, it's 60 votes to pass legislation. That is unprecedented in American history." -- Independent Sen. Bernard Sanders, "Face the Nation"

"Every step of the way, Republicans have put forward a positive alternative to the Democratic agenda, whether it was on stimulus, health care, energy policy, the budget. " -- Republican strategist Ed Gillespie,"State of the Union"

On the Tea Party movement:

"I think that by and large, the Tea Party movement has been constructive and helpful. It's helped reorient us to our limited government principles and one that believes in the free enterprise system rather than bigger and bigger government and higher and higher taxes and more regulation, which are job killers." --Cornyn, "State of the Union"

"So I think that these candidates, the problem for the Republicans is that these candidates are out of the mainstream of where their general electorate is at." -- Menendez, "State of the Union"

On the Kentucky Senate race:

"I think this election really is about the president's agenda. Do you support the president's agenda or do you not support it? I think his agenda's wrong for America. I will stand up against President Obama's agenda. And I think that's what people in Kentucky want." -- Kentucky GOP Senate candidate Rand Paul, "Fox News Sunday"

"I'm not saying Dr. Paul is crazy. I think some of his ideas are out of the mainstream and they're out of touch with the values of normal Kentuckians." -- Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Jack Conway, "Fox News Sunday"

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On Pakistan:

"What we have in Pakistan is a complex political reality. Americans often look at their own politics, and you cover it every week and you still can't make sense of it for the ordinary viewer, that all politics is local. And the local situation in Pakistan is that the United States is not very popular amongst our public." -- Pakistan's ambassador to the U.S., Husain Haqqani, "State of the Union"

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On Islam and Shariah law:

"I love the Muslim people. But I have great difficulty with the religion, especially with Shariah law and what it does for women -- toward women, toward non-believers, the violence that is given in -- under Shariah law." -- Rev. Franklin Graham, ABC's "This Week"

"I think somebody needs to remind Franklin Graham that we don't judge our values in the United States by comparing them to what the Saudis do. This is a common refrain that you hear from a lot of anti-Muslim activists in the United States ... that, well, if in Saudi Arabia, you can't have a church, then, therefore, in the United States, you shouldn't be allowed to have mosques. This is an appalling and laughable argument." -- Author Reza Aslan, "This Week"