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Quotes of the Day for 17 June 2002 – Watergate

Thirty years ago this evening, a guard at The Watergate noticed the door latch on a stairway door was taped open. Agents of Richard Nixon's reelection campaign were burgling the offices of the Democratic National Committee. The culture and politics of Washington City would change dramatically. Here are quotes from participants in the cover-up and the aftermath.

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The quotes:

The political lesson of Watergate is this: Never again must America allow an arrogant, elite guard of political adolescents to by-pass the regular party organization and dictate the terms of a national election.
     - Gerald R. Ford

I know what I have done, and Your Honor knows what I have done. ... Somewhere between my ambition and my ideals, I lost my ethical compass.
     - Jeb Stuart Magruder

I began by telling the president that there was a cancer growing on the presidency and that if the cancer was not removed ... the president himself would be killed by it.
     - John Dean

I would run over my grandmother to re-elect Nixon.
     - Charles Colson

When you meet the president, you ask yourself, "How did it ever occur to anybody that he should be governor much less president?"
     - Henry Alfred Kissinger


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