GOP Candidates Name Their Big Weakness
Though a few dodged the question
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 28, 2015 8:04 PM CDT
From left, John Kasich, Mike Huckabee, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, and Rand Paul.   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

(Newser) – The opening question of Wednesday night's Republican debate was an open-ended one: What's your biggest weakness? Here are the answers, via the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and CNN:

  • Donald Trump: “I trust people too much and … if they let me down, I never forgive," he said. "I find it very, very hard to forgive people that deceive me."
  • Ben Carson: “A weakness would be not really seeing myself in that position (president) until hundreds of thousands of people began to tell me I needed to do it."
  • Marco Rubio: "I'm not sure it's a weakness, but I do believe that I share a sense of optimism for America's future that, today, is eroding from too many of our people. I think there's a sense in this country today that somehow our best."
  • Jeb Bush: “I am by my nature impatient, and this is not an endeavor that rewards that.” He also said he can't "fake anger."
  • Carly Fiorina: "Well, gee. After the last debate, I was told I didn’t smile enough."

  • John Kasich: “Great question, but I want to tell you, my great concern is that we are on the verge perhaps of picking someone who cannot do this job."
  • Ted Cruz: "I'm too agreeable, easy going," he joked. "I think my biggest weakness is exactly the opposite. I'm a fighter. I am passionate about what I believe."
  • Chris Christie: None of the GOP candidates have many weaknesses—only the Democratic ones: "a socialist, an isolationist, and a pessimist."
  • Mike Huckabee: "I don't really have any weaknesses."
  • Rand Paul: He ducked the question and instead criticized the budget deal, promising a filibuster.