"I don't know. That's what they offered."
—Hillary Clinton, responding to a question at a Democratic town hall about why she accepted $675,000 for three speeches to Goldman Sachs, February 3

"Wouldn't you rather have Trump as president if we're attacked? We'll beat the shit out of them."
—Donald Trump, during a rally in New Hampshire, on what will happen if the U.S. is attacked on his watch, February 2

"These are guys with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty—these types of guys that come from Connecticut and New York. They come up here, they sell their heroin….Incidentally, half the time they impregnate a young, white girl before they leave."
—Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage, on the problem of substance abuse in his state, at a town hall, January 6

"They've evolved into magic flying puppies with winning Lotto tickets tied to their collars."
—former Obama economic adviser Austan Goolsbee on Bernie Sanders' economic policy proposals, in an interview with The New York Times, January 15