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25 Most Ridiculous Quotes from the Republican Debates

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As the Republican party gets ready to begin the process of selecting its contender for the 2012 presidential election, we here at List25 took a moment to reflect over the past year of political debates and forums. For some reason, more than any other year, it seems that 2011 brought us a truckload of quotable gems, many of which left us scratching our heads. Because there were far more than we could fit on this page, however, we selected the 25 most ridiculous quotes from the Republican debates.

25. “Juarez is reported to be the most dangerous city in America.”

Rick Perry, referring to a city that is actually in Mexico.

24. “It’s going to be 20 feet high. It’s going to have barbed wire on the top. It’s going to be electrified. And there’s going to be a sign on the other side saying, ‘It will kill you — Warning.”

Herman Cain, on his plan to secure the border, which he later said was a joke.

23. “What people recognize is that there’s a fear that the United States is in an unstoppable decline. They see the rise of China, the rise of India, the rise of the Soviet Union and our loss militarily going forward.”

Michele Bachmann, unaware that the Soviet Union collapsed more than two decades ago.

22. “We need a leader, not a reader”

Herman Cain quoting the Simpsons.

21. “George W. Bush did a incredible job in the presidency, defending us from freedom.”

Rick Perry on George Bush.

20. “Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn’t even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas.”

Michelle Bachmann on the environment.

19. “A poet once said, ‘life can be a challenge, life can seem impossible, but it’s never easy when there’s so much on the line.”

Herman Cain, quoting lyrics from the theme song to ‘Pokemon: The Movie.’

18. “I don’t want to go to a trade war, I want to beat China. I want to go to war with China and make America the most attractive place in the world to do business.”

Rick Santorum, stating that he wants a war with China.

17. “I think it is high time that we recognize the contribution of our founding fathers who worked tirelessly — men like John Quincy Adams, who would not rest until slavery was extinguished in the country.”

Michele Bachmann, unaware that the founding fathers did not work to end slavery, and that John Quincy Adams was not one of the founding fathers.

16. “It’s a good issue to keep alive. It’s fun to poke at him.”

Rick Perry, suggesting that President Obama’s birth certificate is a fake.

15. “The idea that a congressman would be tainted by accepting money from private industry or private sources is essentially a socialist argument.”

Newt Gingrich on sources of funding.

14. “Before we get started, let’s all say ‘Happy Birthday’ to Elvis Presley today.”

Michele Bachmann in South Carolina on August 16, what is actually the anniversary of Elvis’s death.

13. “PETA is not happy that my dog likes fresh air.”

Mitt Romney talking about driving to Canada with his dog strapped to the roof of his car.

12. “They [China] have indicated that they’re trying to develop nuclear capability and they want to develop more aircraft carriers like we have. So yes, we have to consider them a military threat.”

Herman Cain, unaware that China has been a nuclear threat since 1964.

11. “I find it interesting that it was back in the 1970s that the swine flu broke out under another Democrat president, Jimmy Carter. I’m not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it’s an interesting coincidence.”

Michele Bachmann on the 1976 Swine Flu outbreak that happened when Gerald Ford, not Jimmy Carter, was president.

10. “I should tell my story. I’m also unemployed.”

Mitt Romney, speaking in 2011 to unemployed people in Florida.

9. “I am the Koch brothers’ brother from another mother!”

Herman Cain on his relationship with the Koch brothers.

8. “I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out: Are they pro-America or anti-America?”

Michelle Bachmann calling for a new McCarthyism.

7. “Yes. Yes I feel that strongly about it. If we can get the necessary support and it comes to my desk I’ll sign it. That’s all I can do. I will sign it.”

Herman Cain, speaking about a constitutional amendment banning abortion, unaware that presidents do not sign constitutional amendments.

6. “You can always follow me on Tweeter.”

Rick Perry, mistakenly referring to the social networking site Twitter.

5. “John McCain doesn’t understand how enhanced interrogation works. I mean, you break somebody, and after they’re broken, they become cooperative.”

Rick Santorum, arguing that torture survivor John McCain knows nothing about torture.

4. “The president, he put us in Libya. He is now putting us in Africa.”

Michele Bachmann, unaware that Libya is in Africa.

3. “Engage the people. Don’t try to pass a 2,700 page bill – and even they didn’t read it! You and I didn’t have time to read it. We’re too busy trying to live – send our kids to school. That’s why I am only going to allow small bills – three pages.”

Herman Cain on passing bills.

2. “I’m ready for the ‘gotcha’ questions and they’re already starting to come. And when they ask me who is the president of Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan I’m going to say, you know, I don’t know. Do you know?”

Herman Cain on politics and world geography.

1. “I will tell you: It’s three agencies of government, when I get there, that are gone: Commerce, Education and the — what’s the third one there? Let’s see. … OK. So Commerce, Education and the — … The third agency of government I would — I would do away with the Education, the … Commerce and — let’s see — I can’t. The third one, I can’t. Sorry. Oops.”

Rick Perry, experiencing an onstage meltdown and forgetting about his plan to cut the Department of Energy.

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