A collection of the most frightening quotes from the second Republican debate.

Carly Fiorina.

On national security: “Having met Vladimir Putin I wouldn’t talk to him at all, we’ve talked too much to him. What I would do immediately is begin rebuilding the Sixth Fleet, I would begin rebuilding the missile defense programme in Poland, I would conduct regular aggressive military exercises in the Baltic States, I’d probably send a few thousand more troops to Germany – Vladimir Putin would get the message”

On the Iran deal: “On day one in the Oval Office I will make two phone calls: One will be my good friend Bibi Netanyahu to reassure him we will stand with the State of Israel, the second to the [Iranian] Supreme Leader to tell him that unless and until he opens every military and every nuclear facility to real any time anywhere inspections by our people, not his, we the United States of America will make it as difficult as possible to move money around the global financial system. We can do that, we don’t need anyone’s cooperation to do it, and every ally and every adversary we have in this world will know that the United States of America is back in the leadership business”

Jeb Bush.

On China: “We need to be strong against China. We need to use offensive tactics against cyber-attacks to send a deterrent to China. There should be super-sanctions in what President Obama has proposed”

On George W. Bush: “As it relates to my brother, there’s one thing I know for sure: He kept us safe

Marco Rubio.

On Syria: “Let’s remember what the President said. He said the attack [against Syria] he was gonna conduct was gonna be a pinprick. Well the United States military was not build to conduct pinprick attacks

On climate change: “[I won’t have a plan to combat climate change] because we’re not gonna destroy our economy the way the left-wing government that we are under right now wants to do. Ever proposal [climate scientists] put forward are proposals that make it harder to do business in America, that make it harder to create jobs in America […] Here’s what I’m sceptical of: I’m sceptical of the decisions the left wants us to make, because I know the impact they’re gonna have and they’re all gonna be on our economy. They will not do a thing to lower the rise of the sea, to cure the drought here in California, but what they will do is make America a more expensive place to create jobs” 

Donald Trump.

On birthright citizenship: “A woman gets pregnant, she’s nine months, she walks across the border, she has the baby in the United States, and we take care of the baby for 85 years? I don’t think so […] And by the way this is not just Mexico – they’re coming from Asia to have babies here, and all of a sudden we have to take care of the babies

On foreign policy experience: “[An interviewer] was giving me name after name – Arab name Arab name Arab name – and there are few people anywhere that would have known those names, I think he was reading them off a sheet”

On vaccines: “I am totally in favour of vaccines, but I want smaller doses over a long period of time because you this little beautiful baby, and you pump – I mean it looks just like it’s meant for a horse not for a child – and we’ve had so many instances – people that work for me, just the other day, two years old a beautiful child went to have the vaccine and came back and a week later it got a tremendous fever, got very very sick, now is autistic. You should have a smaller amount over a long period of time, I think you’re going to see a big impact on autism”

Chris Christie.

On immigration: “I don’t yield to anybody on how to enforce the law […] What we need to do [about illegal immigration] is to secure our border, and we need to do it with more than just a wall. We need to use electronics, we need to use drones, we need to use FBI DA and ATF, and yes, we need to take the fingerprint of every person who comes into this country on a visa, and when they overstay their visa, we need to tap them on the shoulder and say ‘you have overstayed your welcome, you’re taking advantage of the Amerian people, it’s time for you to go'”.

Ted Cruz.

On immigration: “I am the only candidate on this stage who has never supported amnesty and in fact, who helped lead the fight to stop a massive amnesty plan in 2013 when Barack Obama and Harry Reid joined the Washington Republicans […] Folks here talked about ‘how do you secure the borders?’, well I’ve been leading the fight in the Senate to triple the border patrol, to put in place fencings and walls, to put in place a strong biometric entry-exit system

On Supreme Court nominations: “I give you my word: If I am elected President, every single Supreme Court Justice will faithfully follow the law and will not act like philosopher kings imposing their liberal policies on millions of Americans

Mike Huckabee.

On tax: “I think we oughta get rid of all the taxes on people who produce. Why should we penalize productivity? And it’s why I’m an unabashed supporter of the fair tax which would be a tax on our consumption rather than a tax on productivity. In other words, you’re not gonna tax anybody for what they earn, whether it’s a worker who’s working by the hour or whether it’s a hedge fund manager, if they can produce something and bring capital and labor to create jobs – we need some jobs. And I think the fair tax makes more sense”

On appointing Supreme Court Justices: “You better believe I will [have a litmus test], ‘cos I’m tired of liberals always having a litmus test and conservatives having to pretend we don’t. Let me tell you what mine will be: Number one, I’d ask ‘do you think that the unborn child is a human being, or is it just a blob of tissue?’ I’d wanna know ‘do you believe in the First Amendment? Do you believe that religious liberty is the fundamental liberty around which all the other freedoms of this country are based?’ And I’d wanna know ‘do you really believe in the Second Amendment? Do you believe that we have an individual right to bear arms and to protect ourselves and our families and to protect our country?'”

Ben Carson.

On tax: “It’s all about America. There’s people who say ‘the guy who paid a billion dollars because he had ten, he’s still got nine billion dollars left, that’s not fair we need to take more of his money’. That’s called socialism. That doesn’t work so well. What made America into a great nation is the fact that we said ‘that guy just put in a billion dollars, let’s create an environment that’s even more conducive to his success, so that next year he can put in two billion dollars“.


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