"'Bill, I don't care if you run against me or not.' I had clobbered him every time he ran. 'Why are you asking me?' 'Well,' he said, 'the only reason I ran against you before was because back in seventy-four at the Chamber of Commerce of Belmont, Arlington and Watertown you said you believed that Republicans ought to have a full slate to run against every Democrat. You said something about the democratic process, and that an opponent forces an incumbent to report to the people.'"
- Tip O'Neill