Consider this election season. All along the campaign trail we have heard candidates’ thoughts on the future of health care, the war in Iraq, and even each other. These debates have generated untold pages of commentary, and it’s only too easy to lose track of original quotations. Unlike much of the surrounding rhetoric, these quotations cited in news articles are not conjectures but facts – transcriptions of actual words and thoughts – be they campaign promises, arguments or opinions. Wouldn’t it be great if they were easily searchable?
You can search for quotes right at the top of the Google News box; it apparently just shows news if it can’t find quotes. At the time of this writing, searches on John McCain, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama all turn up with news quotes:
Hillary Clinton: “I believe the potential for life begins at conception”
Barack Obama: “You go into those small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them”
John McCain: “We need to make a clean break from the worst excesses of both political parties”
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