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Capitol Quotes: Feb. 24, 2012

“Welcome to life.” — Rep. Michelle Ugenti responding to a college student who complained that unforeseen expenses will put more of a financial strain on university students if they have to pay a minimum of $2,000 in tuition under HB2675.

“Tell me, how did that movie end? … I don’t remember how that ended. I think it was a good ending for us, though, wasn’t it? A happy ending.” — Brewer spokesman Matthew Benson, on the governor’s recent budget battles and the comparisons to her ultimately successful budget fight in 2009-2010.

“I will drop those lawsuits on Day One.  I’ll also complete the fence.  I’ll make sure we have enough border patrol agents to secure the fence.  And I will make sure we have an E-Verify system and require employers to check the documents of workers.” — Mitt Romney, on policies toward border security and illegal immigration.

“I think what we need to do is to give law enforcement the opportunity to do what they’re doing here in Arizona and what Sheriff Arpaio was doing before he ran into some issues with the federal government.” — Rick Santorum, advocating Maricopa County and Arizona’s aggressive approaches to illegal immigration enforcement.

“We’re going to put the bills through caucus. We’re going to COW it and we’re going to pass the damn thing out.” — Senate Majority Whip Frank Antenori on the Senate-House budget proposal

“That whole archived video is going to be our campaign ad.” — House Minority Leader Chad Campbell on the debate over the $2,000 minimum tuition requirement bill. Campbell said GOP committee members were “hostile” and “mean” to students testifying against the bill.

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