I really believe I've been preparing for this job all my life
The timing couldn't be better for me
will lay a strong foundation for further action.
Nobody thought we could balance the federal budget, ... I found that if I just listened hard enough, I could find some common ground.
I can't imagine having another opportunity to have such a positive impact on the lives and livelihood of the people of North Carolina, ... You will never see someone who is more excited to be here than I am.
Come January 1, I promise you I will be prepared to accept this public trust
We're not moving anywhere right now
I want to see if you have the same sense of joy that I do. Because you will never see someone who is more excited to be here than I am!
You always have certain strengths and certain weaknesses, and you want to compensate for your weaknesses, ... I have a real duty to earn the trust of the faculty. I don't just deserve it. I have to earn it.
The president is not exhausted, I am, ... We're just trying to keep up with him.
Leadership is the key to 99 percent of all successful efforts.
And I believe in having an administration that has clearly defined goals, objectives and time lines such that it and its people can be held accountable.
The American people know that every day 3,000 kids begin to smoke, 1,000 of them die an early death. They're not going to allow us to go forward this year and not have comprehensive bipartisan legislation. It's in everybody's best interest.
We live in a time today where we face fierce global competition.
I believe in working in a bipartisan manner.