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 Tom Vilsack - “The Department of Economic Development has done a good job in explaining that we can't be everything to everybody, ... We must identify what our core competencies are.”
 Tom Vilsack - “It's a good day for Democrats. But it's over,”
 Tom Vilsack - “This is going to provide a sense of hope to folks,”
 Tom Vilsack - “Hurricane Katrina may be a defining moment, other speakers said, and not necessarily a positive one for the Republicans. The controlling philosophy in Washington now is to dismiss community and place all the responsibility on the individual, ... Its better if we have both.”
 Thomas Vilsack - “The future of healthcare security should include flexibility from the federal government to allow us to serve the state's most vulnerable citizens.”
 Thomas Vilsack - “Quality, affordable housing is a key element of a strong and secure Iowa.”
 Thomas Vilsack - “We have a long tradition in this state of caring for our neighbors - it is truly an Iowa value.”
 Tom Vilsack - “With all due respect to my friends in my party, I think they're wrong. And I think I've got the facts to prove it,”
 Thomas Vilsack - “For in our high schools today,a young person can graduate from most of our high schools with but two years of math and two years of science.”
 Tom Vilsack - “It was a little bit more frightening than the earthquake I was in, ... You could see the faces of people screaming at you.”
 Tom Vilsack - “Vilsack says FEMA has asked Iowa for a list of the kind of permanent and temporary housing that's available for hurricane victims. Nobody wants to sleep on a cot for six months. Nobody wants to sleep in a place where there are 15,000 other people, ... To the extent that states can provide better detailed information about the housing opportunities, that may be persuasive to a lot of families.”
 Tom Vilsack - “I think the football coaches for Iowa and Iowa State would tell you they are some of the luckiest people in the world to have the job they have, ... Win, lose or draw, I'm sure they believe it's a great life. And that's how I feel about my job.”
 Tom Vilsack - “In order for E85 to take hold, you have to have gas stations and cars that can handle it, ... It requires Detroit to build cars, which they are beginning to do.”
 Tom Vilsack - “those who are focused on security and those who are focused on hope and optimism.”
 Tom Vilsack - “It was a very tough winter for us. We didn't have the normal thaw, and as a result we're getting essentially all of this water at one time,”
 Tom Vilsack - “We have the Department of Corrections, the Department of Public Safety, the Department of Transportation, our emergency management division (and) our Iowa National Guard working with local folks to try to put hundreds of thousands of sandbags in appropriate locations to try to reduce the damage and the impact. ... It's just a race against time.”
 Thomas Vilsack - “Let us tackle the big issues with bold ideas that transform Iowa to accomplish our shared mission to grow Iowa, and realize our shared vision of Iowa as the best place to live, work and raise a family.”
 Tom Vilsack - “We're going to do everything we possibly can to make their time here, their visit here, their home here, for as long as they want to be a part of our state, as pleasant and as good as it can be,”
 Tom Vilsack - “The legislature this year established tax credits for small and large wind producers, ... That's a great combination with Sen. Grassley's work and Sen. Harkin's work on the production tax credit at the federal level.”
 Tom Vilsack - “I'm excited about this team. I really am. I mean, these guys are great guys, ... They are going to be passionate. They are going to bring this message of hope and opportunity, a stronger America -- a better and more respected America -- to the rest of this country. They're going to make us feel proud.”
 Tom Vilsack - “The old way isn't going to work in this country.”
 Tom Vilsack - “When you travel across the country twice in a week, it just kills you,”
 Tom Vilsack - “The mood of the people is they want honesty, they want integrity, they want people of character and substance, ... There are many, many people in the country who are anxious to invest in Democrats and in the Democratic Party. But they are waiting to see if we have a message that resonates and connects with folks.”
 Tom Vilsack - “The state and this city are engaged in a global competition for economic opportunity,”
 Tom Vilsack - “The shareholders will profit from Whirlpool's purchase, but the people who built this company ... don't get anything out of this, ... That's not right.”

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