Peter McRobbie: George Pendleton
Thaddeus Stevens : How can I hold that all men are created equal when here before me stands, stinking, the moral carcass of the gentleman from Ohio? Proof that some men ARE inferior, endowed by their maker with dim wits, impermeable to reason, with cold, pallid slime in their veins instead of hot, red blood! YOU are more reptile than man, George, so low and flat that the foot of man is incapable of crushing you!
George Pendleton : How dare you!
Thaddeus Stevens : Yet even YOU, Pendleton - who should have been gibbetted for treason long before today - even worthless, unworthy you ought to be treated equally before the law! And so again, sir, and again and again and again, I say, I do not hold with equality in all things, only with equality before the law!
Clerk - Edward McPherson : Roll call concludes. Voting is completed. Now...
Schuyler Colfax : Mr. clerk? Please call my name. I want to cast a vote.
George Pendleton : I object! The Speaker doesn't vote.
Clerk - Edward McPherson : The Speaker may vote if he so chooses.
George Pendleton : It is highly unusual, sir.
Schuyler Colfax : This isn't usual, Mr. Pendleton. This is history.
George Pendleton : I appeal to my fellow Democrats, to all Republican representatives who give a fig for peace!