16 Memorable Quotes from the 2016 Campaign Trail
Say what you will about the 2016 presidential election, but it has not been boring. Donald Trump may be a one-man quote machine, but he is not the only one who's said some memorable things this campaign. And with 11 months before Election Day, there will certainly be many, many more. Here are 16 of the most unforgettable quotes of the campaign so far. Share your favorite moments from the campaign trail in the comments below or on Twitter with #16for2016.
16. Cruz and the GOP "cage match"
During a heated debate on CNBC, Ted Cruz took issue with the questions being asked by the moderators, a time-honored Republican debate tradition. "This is not a cage match," Cruz said. "The questions that are being asked shouldn't be trying to get people to tear into each other."
15. Fiorina attacks Planned Parenthood
After highly-edited videos emerged purporting to show Planned Parenthood profiting from abortions emerged earlier this year, the debate over federal funding for Planned Parenthood became intense. But no one captured the anti-abortion rhetoric more forcefully than Carly Fiorina. "As regards Planned Parenthood, anyone who has watched this videotape, I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes," Fiorina said during the second Republican debate. "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, and if we will not stand up in and force President Obama to veto this bill, shame on us."
14. Trump questions McCain's record
Donald Trump is hoping to become the nominee of the Republican Party, but at the Family Leadership Summit in July Trump had tough words for one-time GOP presidential nominee John McCain that didn't sit well with veterans. "He’s not a war hero," Trump said, questioning McCain's military service. "He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured."
13. O'Malley calls Trump a "carnival barker"
One of the biggest applause lines of the second Democratic presidential debate has become one of Martin O'Malley's go-to jabs at the Republican frontrunner. Criticizing Trump's proposal to deport millions of undocumented immigrants, O'Malley pointed out that net immigration from Mexico last year was zero, and he coined the term "immigrant-bashing carnival barker" in the process.
12. Graham would rather lose without Trump
After Republican frontrunner Donald Trump discussed the possibility of leaving the party and running as an Independent, one of his GOP rivals -- the low-polling Sen. Lindsey Graham -- had a clear message for Trump: "Quit threatening us." Graham has been an outspoken critic of Trump's rhetoric about Muslims. "I'd rather lose without him than try to win with him if he keeps doing what he's doing," Graham said. "There is no shame in losing an election -- the shame comes in losing your honor."
11. Bush takes on Trump
In the last Republican debate of 2015, only one candidate repeatedly tried to attack frontrunner Donald Trump. Jeb Bush, who Trump has called "low energy" for months, tried to show he is the more serious candidate for president. "Donald, you're not going to be able to insult your way to the presidency," Bush told Trump.
10. Trump questions Carson's "pathological disease"
In his new book, Ben Carson tells a story about trying to stab a friend when he was 14 years old. But Donald Trump has some serious questions and demonstrated his disbelief during a campaign stop in Iowa. "How stupid are the people of the country to believe this crap?" Trump asked. And questioning Carson's "pathological disease," Trump added, "If you’re a child molester, a sick puppy, a child molester, there’s no cure for that."
9. Carson's response to armed assailants
After a mass shooter at an Oregon community college killed nine people, Ben Carson suggested the best way to deal with an armed assailant is to have everyone else attack. "I would ask everyone to attack the gunman because he can only attack one of us at a time. That way we don't all wind up dead," Carson said. The next day, Carson recounted a time he had a different reaction when he was faced with an armed robber at a restaurant in Baltimore. "Guy comes in, put the gun in my ribs. And I just said, 'I believe that you want the guy behind the counter,'" Carson said on Sirius XM radio.
TOP STORY: WATCH: Dr. Ben Carson says he would not "cooperate" during a mass shooting like the one that occurred in Roseburg, Oregon last week. "I would ask everyone to attack the gunman," he told ABC News. "That way we don't all wind up dead." http://abcn.ws/1McSOW7 - more ahead this morning on GMA...Posted by Good Morning America on Wednesday, October 7, 2015
8. Kasich calls his opponents "crazy"
John Kasich, who points to his experience with the federal budget as a major campaign selling point, took aim at his Republican opponents for their "crazy" budget and immigration proposals. Kasich specifically called out Carson's flat tax and Trump's plan to deport millions of undocumented immigrants. "I'm sick and tired of listening to this nonsense," Kasich said. "What has happened to our party? What has happened to the conservative movement?"
7. Huckabee compares Obama to Hitler
All the Republicans running for president have taken issue with the Iran nuclear agreement struck this year in Vienna, but no one has more forcefully articulated that message than Mike Huckabee. Huckabee compared President Obama, who pushed for the deal despite Israeli opposition, to Hitler. "This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history," Huckabee told Breitbart News. "It is so naive that he would trust the Iranians. By doing so, he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven."
6. Carson doesn't want a Muslim president
Lots is being said about Donald Trump's proposal to stop Muslims from entering the United States, but his Republican opponent Dr. Ben Carson expressed concerns about Islam in September, suggesting a Muslim would not be fit to be president. "I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that," Carson said on Meet the Press.
5. Trump offends immigrants
Donald Trump has had a lot of memorable quotes in the first six months of the presidential campaign, and they started on the very first day. Kicking off his campaign in June, Trump managed to offend all immigrants, leading several businesses and TV networks to cut ties with the businessman. "They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us," Trump said of immigrants coming from Mexico. "They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."
4. Bush questions gun control after Oregon shooting
After a gunman in Oregon killed nine people at Umpqua Community College, Jeb Bush pushed back on calls for legislation to address growing gun violence. "Look, stuff happens," Bush said. "There's always a crisis. The impulse is always to do something, and it's not necessarily the right thing to do."
3. Sanders is sick of Clinton's emails
After months of questions about the private email server Hillary Clinton used as secretary of State, her chief Democratic rival seemed to dismiss the questions and deliver the most memorable line from the first Democratic debate in October. "People are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails!" Bernie Sanders said to applause.
2. Clinton extols the virtue of Snapchat
Amid ongoing questions about emails she sent as secretary of State and the thousands of emails her team deemed "personal" and subsequently deleted, Hillary Clinton extolled the virtues of Snapchat to her supporters. "You may have seen that I recently launched a Snapchat account," Clinton said in August. "I love it. I love it. Those messages disappear all by themselves."
1. Trump proposes ban on Muslims
Republican frontrunner Donald Trump got a lot of attention and a lot of pushback from Democrats and Republicans for his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States after a terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California, left 14 civilians dead. "Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what the Hell is going on," Trump said.
BONUS CLIP: Trump’s ISIS policy
During a speech in November, Donald Trump made clear how he would take care of the rise of ISIS in the Middle East. "I know more about ISIS than the generals do. Believe me," Trump said. "I would bomb the s*** out of them. I would just bomb those suckers."
So...what are your favorite moments from the campaign trail? Share them in the comments below or on Twitter with #16for2016.
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