On election night, November 4, 1980, in a call to his supporters to protest the election results after a controversial loss to his opponent, Carlos Romero Barceló by 3,503 votes.
I'm willing to stand up and take it - take whatever I have to take - not to be pushed around. If I get hit from all sides, I get hit from all sides. As long as I believe I'm standing on the right ground, I'll hold.
Radio interview, quoted by the Associated Press, June 4, 1991.