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Nancy McNally (Character)
from "The West Wing" (1999)

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"The West Wing: The Women of Qumar (#3.9)" (2001)
C.J. Cregg: They beat women, Nancy. They hate women. The only reason they keep Qumari women alive is to make more Qumari men.
Nancy McNally: So what do you want me to do about it?
C.J. Cregg: How about instead of suggesting that we sell the guns to them, suggesting that we shoot the guns at them? And by the way, not to change the subject, but how are we supposed to have any moral credibility when we talk about gun control and making sure that guns don't get in the hands of the wrong people? God, Nancy! What the hell are we defining as the *right* people?
Nancy McNally: This is the real world and we can't isolate our enemies.
C.J. Cregg: I know about the real world and I'm not suggesting we isolate them.
Nancy McNally: You're suggesting we eliminate them
C.J. Cregg: I have a briefing...
Nancy McNally: You're suggesting that...
C.J. Cregg: I'm not suggesting anything. I don't suggest foreign policy around here.
Nancy McNally: You are right now.
C.J. Cregg: It's the 21st Century, Nancy. The world's gotten smaller. I don't know how we can tolerate this kind of suffering anymore, particularly when all it does is continue the cycle of anti-American hatred. But that's not the point, either.
Nancy McNally: What's the point?
C.J. Cregg: The point is that apartheid was an East Hampton clambake compared to what we laughingly refer to as the life these women lead. And if we had sold M1-A1's to South Africa fifteen years ago, you'd have set the building on fire. Thank God we never needed to refuel in Johannesburg!
Nancy McNally: [nods] It's a big world, C.J. And everybody has guns, and I'm doing the best I can.
C.J. Cregg: They're beating the women, Nancy.


"The West Wing: Somebody's Going to Emergency, Somebody's Going to Jail (#2.16)" (2001)
Nancy McNally: I'm the only woman on a conference call. Delaney can't tell when it's me talking. Do I have a bizarrely androgynous voice?


"The West Wing: Gone Quiet (#3.7)" (2001)
Nancy McNally: Mr. President, submariners understand that if they sink it won't be a rescue, it'll be a recovery. They measure risk and rewards not just in terms of their own lives, but in terms of national interest.
President Josiah 'Jed' Bartlet: Well, that's great. I assess the national interest by the number of people alive, not dead.