30 of Congressman Steve King’s greatest quotes

Iowa Representative Steve King has made a career of saying whatever is on his mind. Here are a few of his greatest.

1) “Mid day, mid blizzard, 15 degrees, Crazy Raccoon chewing and clawing his way into my house. Desert Eagle 1, Crazy Raccoon zero.”

2) “…my wife lives here with me, and I can tell you, Mr. Speaker, she’s at far greater risk being a civilian in Washington, D.C. than an average civilian in Iraq.”

3) “Unicorns, leprechauns, gay marriages in Iowa — these are all things you will never find because they don’t exist.”

4) “Put newspapers in your car (windows) to get more privacy.”

5) “It turns out to be the best vote that I cast, was my “no” vote to the $51.5 billion to Hurricane Katrina. That probably was my best vote.”

6) “We could also electrify this wire with the kind of current that would not kill somebody, but it would simply be a discouragement for them to be fooling around with it. We do that with livestock all the time.”

7) Just gigged another mole. Tools: garden hose & gig. Water runs down hill. Moles can’t hold their breath long. Nosce hostem = habeas corpus!

8) “Eskimos got along all these centuries without fruit and vegetables.”

9) “Babies born in America now owe the federal government $44,231 each.”

10) “…11,000 illegal border crossings in a 24-hour period, a lot of that taking place at night. When you think of 11,000 a night, and so I ask the question, what was the size of Santa Ana’s army? About half that. That, Mr. Speaker, is the magnitude of the illegal border crossings that we’re seeing.”

11) “We have a very, very urban Senator, Barack Obama, who has decided he’s going to run for president, and what does he do? He introduces legislation to create a whole new Pigford claim.”

12) “You cannot take a chance with life anymore than you can shoot a gun into a crowded room and take a chance that you might not kill somebody. You cannot guess about when life begins.

13) “I often go into a high school auditorium or meet with people at even the K-through-12 level in their entirety, and I will tell them: “You will be asked to answer one of the most profound moral questions of our age and that is where do you stand on the abortion issue.”

14) “In fact, if you want to argue that you really don’t know – that it might be first, second or third trimester or viability – tell me: If someone were to walk down this hallway and stick a gun in the door, turn their head away from the gun and pull the trigger and run out the door and we catch him out there, did he kill somebody or didn’t he?”

15) “I hate to tell you but they show up in garbage cans around this country sir.”

16) “I didn’t think it’s an irrational comment at all — I just see it as the situation we’re in. I have an irrational lust to love the Constitution and fiscal responsibility and individualism.”

17) “His life’s work has been the promotion of homosexuality, even in elementary schools, and he has demonstrated no qualifications to make students safer in our schools.”

18) “They’ve called it preventative medicine. Preventative medicine. Well if you applied that preventative medicine universally what you end up with is you’ve prevented a generation. Preventing babies from being born is not medicine. That’s not— that’s not constructive to our culture and our civilization. If we let our birth rate get down below replacement rate we’re a dying civilization.”

19) “Now Obama also makes Hugo Chavez look like a piker when it comes to nationalizing American business.”

20) “Can you just tell us what year and what visa, then, Mr. Venegas?”

21) “But I guess I’m short and fat is what I am. So I’m safe in San Francisco.”

22) “So we just asked them, under oath, “are you a vegetarian?” And they confessed they were vegetarians, all of them. Well there they are with an agenda for our diets…I eat recycled, concentrated, enhanced vegetables in the form of meat.”

23) “110 deaths is not alarming to me.”

24) “I live in the middle of corn. And it’ll be rotational leaning towards beans this year, and that’s great too.”

25) “Pick the one that’s the friskiest, the one that’s in games the most–not the one that’s over there sleeping in the corner. So you got the pick of the litter and you’ve got yourself a pretty good bird dog.”

26) “If someone is insulted by that, I don’t know that they belong in this country. Jesus talked about animals and compared people to animals. I’m Catholic, my bishop is my shepherd and we are his sheep.”

27) “When the legislation that passed in the farm bill that says that it’s a federal crime to watch animals fight or to induce someone else to watch an animal fight but it’s not a federal crime to induce somebody to watch people fighting, there’s something wrong with the priorities of people that think like that.”

28) “If there is a sexual predator out there who has impregnated a young girl. Say a thirteen year old girl; and it happens in America more times than you and I would like to think. That sexual predator could pick that girl up off the playground at the middle school and haul her across the state line and force her to get an abortion to irradiate the evidence of his crime and bring her back and drop her off at the swing set and that’s not against the law in the United States of America.”

29) “Well I just haven’t heard of that being a circumstance that’s been brought to me in any personal way.”

30) “So that means the 75-year-old grandmother gets the spread-eagle search and while that happens, maybe the 20-year-old Middle Eastern male waltzes through with a smirk on his face. I’m not making that up. I’ve seen that. That image will not ever leave my mind.”