"If I were in a battle, I would still rather have the governor with me than against me."

Democratic Majority Leader D. Bruce Poole of Hagerstown

"If you assume the position of party leadership -- whether it is governor, county executive, or mayor -- you no longer have the luxury of picking and choosing. . . . At least half the budget problems we have now in Maryland are the result of the failed economic policies of the president."

Prince George's County Executive Parris N. Glendening

"It will play well [for the Republican campaign] in 49 states. It will not play well in Maryland."

Republican Party Chairwoman Joyce L. Terhes

"The governor is going with his heart, with what he should do with his conscience."

Governor Schaefer's acting press secretary, Page Boinest

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