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U.S. Republican Senator John McCain answers journalists' questions during a news conference at the David Citadel hotel in Jerusalem January 3, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski/Pool (JERUSALEM - Tags: POLITICS)
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) (Brendan Smialowski/Reuters)

1. “As far as the War on Poverty is concerned, its programs have utility. They do help alleviate the consequences of poverty, but they don’t help people to emerge from that poverty. And that’s why I feel like the War on Poverty has failed, because it’s incomplete. I think we have failed to take the next step, which is to help people trapped with inequality of opportunity to have the opportunities to build for themselves a better life. And that’s what I hope we’ll be able to accomplish.”

2. “America’s a forgiving people. But they’re forgiving when you take ownership, you admit mistakes, you take corrective action, and that’s what Chris Christie showed. He stood there for 111 minutes in an open dialogue with the press. Now, only if Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton would give us 111 seconds of that would we find out some things we want to find out about ObamaCare, Benghazi, the IRS.”

3. “The American people are convinced, not without reason, but the political class is largely composed of synthetic figures, cobbled together from focus groups and polling and all the rest. So what they’re looking for first is authenticity. But then they have to decide that they like what you authentically are. He has established his authenticity.”

4. “As far as waiting until it’s over in Afghanistan, I wouldn’t have done that. . . . [Former defense secretary Robert Gates] is obviously very frustrated — which by the way surprised all of us that know him, and decided to really let loose.”

5. “I look at all these young women that I am privileged to work with or know through [my daughter] Chelsea, and it’s hard to imagine turning the clock back on them. But in places throughout America, large and small, the clock is turning back.”

Answers are: 1. Here, 2. here, 3. here, 4. here and 5. here.

Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.