GOP Debate: Mike Huckabee Lived to Tell and Other Funny Moments

Mike Huckabee is really a funny guy. He chimed in with his own “ONLY GUY” credentials during the CNBC Republican Debate on October 28, 2015, telling the audience how he was the only guy who took on the Clinton machine, beat them and lived to tell.

The former Arkansas governor also compared the government to the blimp that broke loose from its ground tether at a military base in Maryland. “It’s a perfect example of government,” he said, “What we had was something that government made, basically a bag of gas that cuts loose, destroys everything in its path, leaves thousands of people powerless. But they couldn’t get rid of it because we had too much money invested in it. So we had to keep it.”

Jeb Bush took a funny poke at Marco Rubio about his missing votes, chiding Rubio about signing up for a 6-year term: “Marco… you should be showing up to work. I mean, literally, the Senate– what is it, like a French work week, you get like 3 days where you have to show up? You can campaign or just resign and let someone else take the job.”

But Rubio wasn’t having it. After throwing Sen. John McCain’s missing votes that Bush never complained about in his face, Rubio hit back with: “The only reason why you’re doing it now is because we’re running for the same position, and someone has convinced you that attacking me is going to help you.”

Later, on the reform of Medicare and Social Security, Rubio said: “Everyone up here tonight who’s talking about reforms, I think — and I know for myself when I speak to this — we’re all talking about reforms for future generations. Nothing has to change for current beneficiaries. My mother is on Medicare and Social Security. I’m against anything that’s bad for my mother.”

Ted Cruz laced into the moderator Carlos Quintanilla when asked: “Congressional Republicans, Democrats and the White House are about to strike a compromise that would raise the debt limit, prevent a government shutdown and calm financial markets that fear another Washington-created crisis is on the way. Does your opposition to it show that you’re not the kind of problem solver American voters want?”

“The questions that have been asked so far in this debate illustrate why the American people don’t trust the media,” Cruz declared. “This is not a cage match. And you look at the questions: ‘Donald Trump, are you a comic book villain?, Ben Carson, can you do math?, John Kasich, will you insult two people over here?, Marco Rubio, why don’t you resign?, Jeb Bush, why have your numbers fallen?’ How about talking about the substantive issues people care about?”

New Jersey’s governor Chris Christie saw his chance to get all rough and tough, interrupting when CNBC moderator John Harwood and Jeb Bush had an exchange about fantasy football. “We are talking about getting government involved in fantasy football?,” he interrupted, “Wait a second! We have $19 trillion in debt, people out of work, ISIS and al Qaeda attacking us and we’re talking about fantasy football? Can we stop?”

Harwood switched to asking Christie about climate change and kept interrupting him when Christie was replying. “Do you want me to answer or do you want to answer?” Christie asked Harwood, “Because I got to tell you the truth, even in New Jersey what you’re doing is called rude.”

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