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“Look, I think for Gov. Walker, this is the first time he’ll be run­ning for gover­nor with the po­lit­i­cal cli­mate and the po­lit­i­cal winds in the face of the Repub­li­cans. He’s run­ning up­hill, and he’s try­ing to run for a third term. I don’t care how pop­u­lar you are: get­ting a third term in any of­fice any­more, in this day and age where we want change, where we burn out on peo­ple af­ter five or six years, let alone eight. I think that’s just an ex­tra hur­dle that it doesn’t mat­ter what his ap­proval rat­ing is, that’s go­ing to be tough for some vot­ers.”

— CHUCK TODD, moderator of NBC’s Meet the Press, com­ment­ing to a na­tional au­di­ence about Walker’s re-elec­tion prospects.

“It’s just cow­ardice. A real leader would have been in Washington, D.C., this week­end, not at his pent­house at Mar-a-Lago. He would have had the de­cency to meet with a group, to see what’s go­ing on, and how im­por­tant it is, and how im­por­tant our chil­dren should be to us. So for all those politi­cians in­volved, it’s just a dere­lic­tion of duty.”

— NBA coach GREGG POPOVICH talk­ing with CBS Sports about Don­ald Trump’s avoid­ance of the March for Our Lives.

“I think that’s a tes­ti­mony to what hap­pens when young peo­ple are given op­por­tu­ni­ties, and I think all in­sti­tu­tions have to think about how do we tap into that cre­ativ­ity and that en­ergy and that drive. It’s just so of­ten we say: ‘Wait your turn.’ A lot of our prob­lems are caused by old men. No of­fense, men who are old.”

— For­mer Pres­i­dent BARACK OBAMA prais­ing the March for Our Lives move­ment. His re­marks, made in Tokyo, were shared by ABC News. “How about kids, in­stead of look­ing to some­one else to solve their prob­lem, do some­thing about maybe tak­ing CPR classes or try­ing to deal with sit­u­a­tions where there is a vi­o­lent shooter.”

— For­mer Penn­syl­va­nia Sen­a­tor and fre­quent pres­i­den­tial can­di­date RICK SANTORUM chid­ing kids who par­tic­i­pated in the March for Our Lives. The Chris­tian-right politi­cian made the re­mark on CNN’s State of the Union. In try­ing to walk back the com­ment days later, he said he mis­spoke, and added that we should fo­cus on “the pos­i­tive things that have come out of these mass shoot­ings.”

“I was sad, but not sur­prised, to see that such un­hinged public at­tacks on me would con­tinue into my life af­ter my ser­vice to the FBI. Pres­i­dent Trump’s cru­elty re­minded me of the days im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing the fir­ing of James B. Comey . ... The pres­i­dent’s com­ments about me were equally hurt­ful and false.”

— For­mer FBI deputy di­rec­tor AN­DREW McCABE in a col­umn for The Washington Post printed days af­ter At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions fired him, ap­par­ently to ap­pease Don­ald Trump. His dis­missal came hours be­fore he was set to re­tire with a life­time pen­sion.

“Stand and Fight for our Kids’ Safety by Join­ing NRA. To­day’s protests aren’t spon­ta­neous. Gun-hat­ing bil­lion­aires and Hol­ly­wood elites are ma­nip­u­lat­ing and ex­ploit­ing chil­dren as part of their plan to DE­STROY the Sec­ond Amend­ment and strip us of our right to de­fend our­selves and our loved ones.”

— The NRA in a mem­ber­ship-drive video posted to Face­book March 24, the day young peo­ple held marches against gun vi­o­lence in 800 cities world­wide.

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