Concession you can Xerox?

February 22, 2008 in Politics,Quotes

Aside from Hillary's obvious "Xerox" gaffe in last night's debate I found her closing remarkĀ intriguing. Not only did it follow an obvious dodge of the final question, but those same words in any other setting would form the heart of a concession speech.

And that's where it gets much more interesting. Let's go to the tape:

Hillary Clinton, 2/21/08 debate:

You know, whatever happens, we're going to be fine. You know, we have strong support from our families and our friends. I just hope that we'll be able to say the same thing about the American people. And that's what this election should be about.

John Edwards, 12/13/07 debate:

What's not at stake are any of us. All of us are going to be just fine no matter what happens in this election. But what's at stake is whether America is going to be fine.

John Edwards, 1/30/08 concession speech:

I want to say this to everyone: with Elizabeth, with my family, with my friends, with all of you and all of your support, this son of a millworker's gonna be just fine. Our job now is to make certain that America will be fine.

Change you can Xerox, indeed.

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