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Sound of Sunday: Most intriguing quotes

Florida's Senate candidates square off in a debate on CNN's "State of the Union."
Florida's Senate candidates square off in a debate on CNN's "State of the Union."
  • Florida Senate candidates debate why Gov. Charlie Crist is running as an independent
  • Both parties sound optimistic with just more than a week left until Election Day
  • Rove says Tea Party is "wholesome, patriotic and incredibly positive"
  • Number of Dems distancing themselves from health care bill "is very small," Kaine says

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

On whether Republicans and Democrats can reach a compromise on the Bush tax cuts:

"There's a difference between compromise and cutting a deal. Compromise is a good thing. Cutting deals in Washington, there's too much of that. The bottom line is that any compromise that allows taxes -- any compromise that does not extend the current tax code to everybody is a tax increase." -- Florida Republican Senate candidate Marco Rubio, CNN's "State of the Union"

"If there's a way to go ahead and do that in the short term, and then after January push for the other tax cuts, that's what I think the real solution is. It's utilizing common sense to do what's right for the people in a meaningful way that is bipartisan that makes progress for America. And that's what they deserve. That's what Florida wants." -- Independent Senate candidate and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, "State of the Union"

"But I can tell you there's a lot of representation for the upper income earners in this country. I'm here representing the middle class. Even though you may say, some people say that they're for it, I think it's very, very important to note that the middle class has carried this recession on their back like no one else. And I think it's very, very important that we continue to give them extra attention. They deserve it." -- Florida Democratic Senate candidate Kendrick Meek, "State of the Union"

Recap: Florida Senate debate

On Election Night predictions:

"The Republicans have to run the table on virtually all of the competitive races in order to take control [of the Senate]. I'm not as close to the other races as obviously I am to my own. I think we've got a great shot here. This is close. This is tough. But I think we're going to pull it out. And I think we're going to be in the majority." -- Republican Senate candidate Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, "Fox News Sunday"

"[Nancy Pelosi has] done a marvelous job in a town where it's hard to do heavy lifts, as you know, in doing heavy lifting in the House to work with the president, and I think she'll stay speaker." -- Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine, ABC's "This Week"

Video: Changing positions
Video: Compromise on tax cuts?
Video: Debate fireworks
Video: Fixing Florida

"I'm confident the Democrats are going to retain their majority, because the American people are connecting the dots between these tens of millions of dollars of secret special interest money. When we look under the curtain, we're beginning to see who these groups are and the fact that they want to take us back to a day when special interests ran Washington." -- Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, CBS's "Face the Nation"

"The voters are tired of the fact that the federal government has not listened to them over the past two years, has moved in its own direction, at its own rhythm and they want to pull back on that. And I think you're going to see a wave, an unprecedented wave on Election Day that's going to surprise a lot of people." -- Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele, NBC's "Meet the Press"

On Crist's campaign as an independent:

"The reason I'm running as an independent is because it's what the people want and it's what's right with my own heart. I have got to be honest with myself. The Republican Party and the right wing of that party went so far right, it's exactly why Marco Rubio stayed there, it's exactly the same reason that I left." -- Crist, "State of the Union"

"This has been well documented. I mean, he changes positions on the issues because he wants to win the election." -- Rubio, "State of the Union"

"Let me just say this. All right, we know why the governor is running as an independent, because he couldn't beat Marco Rubio. OK? Let's just put it that way." -- Meek, "State of the Union"

On the Tea Party:

"They're ordinary Americans from Main Street America who have created a massive grass-roots effort driven by a sentiment in this country -- even more important than the groups is the sentiment that's driving it -- that the government is on a terribly dangerous course of spending too much money, running up too much deficit and taking up too much control of our lives with things like Obamacare. And I consider it to be wholesome, patriotic and incredibly positive for the country." -- Republican strategist Karl Rove, CBS's "Face the Nation"

On distinguishing himself from an Obama Democrat:

"I had to inform my opponent that President Obama's name will not be on the ballot for the U.S. Senate in West Virginia. It will be Joe Manchin. People are looking at what I have been able to do by bringing people together -- Democrats, independents and Republicans. And we've been successful. They don't want to talk about the records whatsoever. They want to talk about guilt through association." -- Democratic Senate candidate and West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, "Fox News Sunday"

On the health care legislation:

"There's a lot of good parts to it. Why won't we fix what's wrong with it and make it better?" -- Manchin, "Fox News Sunday"

"I've been in 40-plus states as DNC chair. The number of Dems I am with who are distancing themselves from health care is very small. The overwhelming majority are very proud of ending the abuses of insurance companies and providing paths to affordable coverage for families and small business." -- Kaine, "This Week"

On what 2010 says about 2012:

"I think it may be a harbinger of a very exciting, you know, campaign in 2012, particularly if we do not take the Senate this time, the Senate would be in full play in 2012. You would still have the additional House seats that would be out there as well as some state legislative races and governors' races. I think this election cycle in 2010 really lays an interesting foundation for how we go forward, because you're looking at two very different philosophical views of the country." -- Steele, "Meet the Press"

On the possibilities of a President Palin:

"I don't know whether she's going to run or not. And if she runs, she would be a formidable candidate. But look, there are going to be several geological ages that are going to come and go before the 2012 Republican presidential nomination fight jells." -- Rove, "Face the Nation"

On being fired from NPR:

"To get fired, obviously, is no pleasure, but then to be called a bigot and the innuendo that I'm somehow unstable was, I thought, despicable. What I make of this is it's open to debate about the importance of having free-flowing and honest discussion in this country. I don't think I started it. I think there was action taken that then set this afloat in the country. I think Americans feel, you know what? There is nothing wrong in telling someone how you feel, and then to be punished for that is unfair, and it amounts to censorship." -- Former NPR analyst Juan Williams, "Fox News Sunday"