Tales from the Trail
In a 1976 debate with Democratic contender Jimmy Carter, President Gerald Ford goofed up in response to a question about Poland and said, “There is no Soviet dominance of Eastern Europe.” It has gone down as a classic debate gaffe and likely contributed to his loss to Carter later that year.
In one of the odder moments during the second Republican debate, the 11 candidates on the main stage were asked to pick a woman to put on the $10 bill. The answers ran a wide gamut. Carly Fiorina and Jeb Bush gave perhaps the most surprising ones, with Fiorina — the only female candidate in the field — voting for no changes to current male-dominated bills, and Bush selecting late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
From the start of Wednesday’s debate, it was clear that the standout quotes on the night weren’t going to come from policy comments, but slams and bickering between the 11 candidates spread across the “varsity league” debate dais. Here are some of the best quips and zingers from the main stage:
By Roberta Rampton and Erin McPike
In an election cycle in which voters seem to prefer non-politicians such as Donald Trump and Ben Carson to seasoned politicos, John Kasich took a different tack at Wednesday’s debate.