The Best Quotes and Zingers from the CNN Republican Debate
Election 2016

The Best Quotes and Zingers from the CNN Republican Debate

The Fiscal Times

Eleven White House candidates crowded the debate stage Wednesday night at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. The candidates discussed policy questions and traded barbs for about three hours. Here are some of the rhetorical highlights:

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Donald Trump’s qualifications to be president: “Mr. Trump, we don’t need an apprentice in the White House. We have one right now.”

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on the nuclear deal with Iran: "The president treats it like it's the Magna Carta, the Iranians treat it like it's toilet paper."

Sen. Ted Cruz on the Iran deal: “If you vote for Hillary Clinton, you are voting for the Ayatollah Khamenei to possess a nuclear weapon.”

Carly Fiorina responding to Trump’s earlier comments about her looks: "I think women all over the country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said."

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on pot: "So 40 years ago I smoked marijuana, and I admit it. I'm sure that other people might have done it and may not want to say it in front of 25 million people. My mom's not happy that I just did."

Fiorina on the Planned Parenthood videos: “I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes, watch a fully-formed fetus on the table with a heart beating and legs kicking while someone says, 'We have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.'" 

Trump on immigration: "First of all, I want to build a wall-a wall that works. We have a lot bad dudes, from outside, in this country."

Gov. Chris Christie to Trump and Fiorina: “You’re both successful people. Congratulations. You know who’s not successful? The middle class in this country is getting plowed over by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Let’s start talking about those issues tonight and stop this childish back and forth between the two of you.”

Fiorina on Donald Trump’s business record: "You were forced to file for bankruptcy not once, not twice, four times — a record four times. Why should we trust you to manage the finances of this nation any differently than you managed the finances of your casinos?"

Fiorina on her track record and Hillary Clinton’s: “Unlike Mrs. Clinton, I know that flying is an activity. It is not an accomplishment.”

Trump on tax reform: "I know people making a tremendous amount of money and paying virtually no taxes and it's not fair."

Sen. Rand Paul on the Iraq War: “I'm not sending our sons and daughters back to Iraq. The war didn't work…. There will always be a Bush or Clinton for you if you want to go back to war in Iraq."

Bush on what his Secret Service nickname should be: “Eveready. It’s very high energy, Donald.”

Trump on his Secret Service nickname: “Humble.”