You Should Know These 10 Slip-Ups By Republicans Running For President

by
Indrani Sengupta
10 gaffes from 10 Presidential candidate hopefuls...

BEN CARSON

Presidential hopeful Ben Carson has strong feelings about Obamacare….and hasn’t gotten the memo about not comparing random things to the Holocaust, apartheid, etc

"You know Obamacare is really I think the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery. And it is in a way, it is slavery in a way, because it is making all of us subservient to the government, and it was never about health care. It was about control."

BEN CARSON

RICK PERRY

Everyone remembers former Texas Governor Rick Perry’s “oops” moment from the 2012 presidential race, where he failed to recall the details of his own campaign—the three agencies he would eliminate as president:

“It’s three agencies of government when I get there that are gone – Commerce, Education and the um, what’s the third one there? Let’s see. Oh five – Commerce, Education and the um, um,” Perry said.

“But you can’t name the third one?”

“The third agency of government I would do away with - the education, the uh, the commerce and let’s see. I can’t the third one. I can’t. Sorry Oops.”

More recently, he compared homosexuality to alcoholism, which is less of an “oops” and more of an “oh not again.”

RICK PERRY

CARLY FIORINA

Presidential candidate and former CEO of Hewlett-Packard failed to register her own domain name. Needless to say, “Carlyfiorina.org” was snatched up by someone who’s not a big Fiorina fan, and filled with unhappy-face emoji after unhappy-face emoji. 30,000 of them, one for each person Fiorina laid off  at HP.

CARLY FIORINA

TED CRUZ

Political jesting is fine, but just days after Joe Biden’s son died? Really?

TED CRUZ

LINDSEY GRAHAM

“Everything that starts with “Al” in the Middle East is bad news,” says Lindsey Graham.

“Al-Qaida, al-Nusra, al-Qaida in the Arab Peninsula….”

Unbeknownst to the South Carolina senator, “al” is just an article in the Arabic language.

That’s like saying everything that starts with “The” in the United States is bad news.

The South Carolina senator. The South Carolina senator’s lack of cultural awareness. The South Carolina senator’s tendency to speak before gaining the requisite cultural awareness…..

LINDSEY GRAHAM

MIKE HUCKABEE

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee made a most salient critique of birth control laws:

“[Women] are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of government.”

GOP consultant Ana Navarro said it best, really:

Women who can’t control their libido? How about men who can’t control their mouths? 

MIKE HUCKABEE

RAND PAUL

Kentucky senator Rand Paul recently took an (ill-advised) chapter out of Jenny McCarthy’s notorious and notoriously ridiculed book:

 “I have heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines.”

Later, he attempted to clarify the intent behind his statement:

 “I did not say vaccines caused disorders, just that they were temporally related.”

We didn’t say that Rand Paul is the sole cause of our weekly migraine, just that they are temporally related.

RAND PAUL

RICK SANTORUM

Rick Santorum thinks the Pope (read: trained in chemistry) should leave “the science to scientists,” but by all means keep coming to the climate-change-denying former senator himself for all your science needs.

RICK SANTORUM

MARCO RUBIO

This is an “oldie, but a goldie,” as the kids say. In 2012, a GQ interviewer asked the Florida Senator how old the earth is. Rubio fumbled thusly:

“I’m not a scientist, man.”

“Whether the Earth was created in 7 days, or 7 actual eras, I’m not sure we’ll ever be able to answer that. It’s one of the great mysteries.”

and

“I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that’s a dispute amongst theologians and I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States. I think the age of the universe has zero to do with how our economy is going to grow. I’m not a scientist. I don’t think I’m qualified to answer a question like that.”

Sure, Rubio was engaging the ongoing Theology vs Science debate over the earth’s age, but seriously? 4.5 billion, Rubio.  4.5 billion.


MARCO RUBIO

GEORGE PATAKI

Forgot that he was speaking in “Nashua” and not “Exeter.” Oh well. It could have been worse.

GEORGE PATAKI

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