11 Candidates, 11 Lines: Debate's Standout Remarks
Including one about turning the TV off
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 16, 2015 10:13 PM CDT
Republican presidential candidates, including those from the early debate.   (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

(Newser) – Eleven candidates and three hours of debate: Which lines made an impression? A standout statement from each of tonight's GOP hopefuls, via CNN, the New York Times, and the Washington Post:

  • Donald Trump: "I would get along with [Assad]. I would get along with a lot of the world leaders that this country doesn't get along with. We get along with nobody. I will get along, I think, with Putin. And we will have a much more stable world."
  • Jeb Bush: "When it comes to my brother, there’s one thing I know for sure: He kept us safe." After Trump blamed George W. Bush for the rise of President Obama.
  • Scott Walker: "Mr. Trump, we don't need an apprentice in the White House, we have one right now."
  • Carly Fiorina: "I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these [Planned Parenthood] tapes. Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking, while someone says, 'We have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.' This is about the character of our nation. If we will not stand up and force President Obama to veto this bill, shame on us."
  • Ben Carson: "He's an OK doctor." Jokingly referring to Trump and echoing Trump's own line on the campaign trail about Carson, a retired pediatric neurosurgeon. This came after Trump explained why he wants smaller doses of vaccines.

  • Ted Cruz: "If I am elected president, on the very first day in office I will rip to shreds this catastrophic Iranian nuclear deal. If there’s anyone up here who would be bound by this catastrophic deal with Iran, they’re giving up their core responsibility as commander in chief."
  • Marco Rubio: "We have a president who is more respectful to the ayatollah of Iran than to the prime minister of Israel."
  • Mike Huckabee: "We made accommodations to the Fort Hood shooter to let him grow a beard. We made accommodations [at Gitmo]. You're telling me you can not make accommodations for an democratically elected county clerk from Rowan County, Kentucky?"
  • Rand Paul: "There will always be another Bush or Clinton for you if you want another war in Iraq."
  • John Kasich: "If I were sitting at home watching this back and forth, I'd be inclined to turn it off. ... We've just spent 10 minutes here with a lot of ad hominem."
  • Chris Christie: "We don't want to hear about your careers [Trump and Fiorina]. You're both successful people, congratulations. You know who is not successful? The middle-class who is getting plowed over by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Let's stop this childish back and forth."