5 Most Provocative Quotes From the GOP Debate

GOP debateCan you believe it's already that time again? The Republican presidential debate took place last night in Ames, Iowa and Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Michele Bachmann, Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum, and Newt Gingrich all went at it like thirsty wild elephants. The round of verbal fisticuffs on stage was to be expected -- everything from gay marriage to the debt ceiling to Michele Bachmann's submissiveness was broached in this GOP debate -- but everyone has a differing opinion about who left Iowa as the front runner.

Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty, the two Minnesotans, were the pair of presidential hopefuls that went at it hardest, but Romney and Gingrich totally got some gloves-off jabs in there, as well. Ah, politics. Let's look at the five best quotables to come out of last night's WWE match debate and brace ourselves for 12 more months of this kind of thing.

  1. Pawlenty chided Bachmann on her failure to stop the health care bill and the 2008 Wall Street bailout: "She said she's got a titanium spine. It's not your spine we're worried about, it's your record of results. If that's your view of effective results and leadership, then please stop because you're killing us." Can't help but be reminded of the Sandlot here, "You're killing me, Smalls!"
  2. Mitt Romney on the debt deal: "Look I'm not going to eat Barack Obama's dog food, all right. What he served up is not what I would've done if I would've been President of the United States." Woof!
  3. Pawlenty on Bachmann's list of accomplishments as a three-term member of Congress: "It’s an indisputable fact that in Congress, her record of accomplishment and results is nonexistent." Burn.
  4. Newt Gingrich on his frustrations with the "gotcha" questions being asked. "I'd love to see the rest of tonight's debate asking us about what we would do to lead an America whose president has failed to lead instead of playing Mickey Mouse games." Valid point, Newt -- not quite sure what a Mickey Mouse game is, but catch your drift.
  5. Pawlenty on Obamacare: "Obamacare was patterned after Mitt's plan in Massachusetts. And for Mitt or anyone else to say there aren't substantial similarities or they are not essentially the same plan -- it just isn't credible. So that's why I called it Obamneycare, and I think that's a fair label. I'm happy to call it that again tonight." Face, Romney.

What did you think of last night's debate?

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