US Sen. Edward Kennedy (D) of Massachusetts was Thursday's guest. Here are excerpts from his remarks:
"I welcome the debate on the values issues. If this is the area that we are going to have a debate ... we are going to win it, hands down."
"I find people are activated. The young people are still activated. I find there is an energy that is out there. Contributors are all active."
On perceived Republican political vulnerabilities:
"I don't believe that the Democrats should win from the other side losing. But you have a disaster of unlimited proportions going on in Iraq today ... and you have a failing dollar that is just ... waiting for the Middle East countries to shift to the euro."
"If this was supplemental ... I think [it] makes a good deal of sense. This would not [use payroll taxes]."
"I am filled with some hope with regards to education because of [Education Secretary- designate] Margaret Spellings, who has [President Bush's] ear. And therefore, when she says yes and no, it is yes and no. I think it is possible to get some things done."