"I will never conduct my campaign in such a way that it makes our country's most difficult challenges harder to solve. I hope you will hold all candidates to that same standard. Pandering for votes on this issue, while offering no solution to the problem, amounts to doing nothing. And doing nothing is silent amnesty . . . The president knows. He spent eight years as governor of Texas. The Republican Party must address this issue, if, in my part of the country, we expect to attract Hispanic voters."
- Republican Senator John McCain vehemently pledging his support for President Bush's proposed immigration bill