"I saw a man who was distraught, and a man acting like he was in great pain. And I saw him get gunned down and killed. If he was my son, I would be devastated." - Bill Wells, mayor of El Cajon, California, when asked his reaction to the fatal police shooting of Alfred Olango, an unarmed black refugee from Uganda.
"Firefighter Brock is absolutely a hero." - Scott Stoller, of Anderson County's Emergency Medical Services division, after volunteer fireman Jamie Brock took down the teenage gunman that opened fire at a South Carolina elementary school.
"It depends on what kind of message the voters send. If they express enough frustration I think you'll have members understanding that they have a responsibility to govern. But the voters have to hold us accountable and it remains to be seen whether or not they will." - Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, on whether a new Congress might provide an opening for more productive relations in Washington.