Below are some of the more memorable quotes (or slight variations thereof) from the Republican debate held at Drake University in Des Moines on December 10, 2011:
“Only reason you’re not a career politician is because you lost to Teddy Kennedy in 1994.”—-Newt Gingrich to Mitt Romney
“Newt, you probably got some of our taxpayer money”—-Ron Paul on Newt Gingrich working for Freddie Mac
Candidates will have “trouble competing with me on consistency”—-Ron Paul on who is the most consistent conservative
“If you look at ‘Newt Romney’”—-Michele Bachmann linking the policy views of Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney
“I know Newt Gingrich. Newt Gingrich is a friend of mine. We are not clones.”—-Mitt Romney pointing out that he differs in many ways from Newt Gingrich
“A vow to God is even stronger than a handshake in Texas”—-Rick Perry on whether marital infidelity is a sign of a serious character flaw
“A lot of what you said just isn’t true. Period.”—-Newt Gingrich’s response to Michele Bachmann’s characterization of “Newt Romney”
“A $10,000 bet?” Mitt Romney challenging Rick Perry to a bet on whether his book explicitly states his support for a federal individual mandate on healthcare (Rick Perry’s response: “I don’t gamble.”)
“I didn’t grow up poor. And if somebody is looking for someone who grew up with that background, it isn’t me.”—-Mitt Romney on the last time he personally faced financial strain.
“Terry, you probably have some programs here that…”—-Rick Perry on leaving regulations governing healthy behavior to the states. Governor Terry Branstad is heard shouting back, “We’re the healthiest state in the nation.”
“You don’t get a lot of true stories. But that is a true story.”—-Rick Santorum talking about his start in politics.
“Congressman Paul got me really intrigued about the Federal Reserve.”—-Rick Perry talking about a candidate he has admired or learned something from.
“Governor Branstad is my role model.”—-Newt Gingrich talking about someone he has admired or learned something from
“Win, win, win”—-Michele Bachmann describing how she has borrowed a page from Herman Cain’s “9-9-9” policy as a way to describe her campaign strategy moving forward.