Skubick: The best one-liners from the second GOP debate

You get extra points if you endured the almost three hour long debate with the 11 GOP candidates running for president. If you did not, here are some random thoughts and observations.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christe appeared to have the best constructed game plan, which was designed to set himself apart from the pack.

"Turn the cameras off me," Christe lectured the TV director in what must have shocked the other ten candidates, who were lusting for as much face time as they could steal.

"Put the camera on the audience," he said. Christe then launched into how this race for president was "not about me," but about you.

During at least three other occasions, he did the same thing. The most contentious was when he and the lone female on the stage got into it over her resume. Christe watched patiently as Carly Fiorina and Donald Trump duked it out over her alleged lousy leadership at Hewlett Packard. Fiorina strongly disagreed. The New Jersey governor had enough.

"The fact is, we don't want to hear about your careers," said Christe.

He then suggested the viewers at home, who've been "plowed over by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton," could care less about their resumes. It was a nice touch of populism, but Fiorina did not step back.

"Let's talk about what leadership is. It is not about braggadocio, but about producing results," she shot back.

Christe capped off his performance with another pitch to the viewers, repeating this was "not about me." This was code for 'everybody else on this stage is worried about themselves, but I'm in your corner.' He implied and closed with the observation that his presidency would be "our" presidency.

A more engaged Jeb Bush showed up this time, compared to the first debate that he sort of phoned in. Trump had earlier suggested the former Florida governor was not very energized. Bush turned that into the funniest line of the night, after the moderator asked everyone what their code name would be with the Secret Service.

Bush said, "Ever-Ready," as in the battery, and then he smiled at Trump as he suggested, "because I'm high energy." Then the two got into it. Bush revealed that as governor, Trump had lobbied him for a casino in Florida. Trump pleaded not guilty, and then they went back and forth over who was being influenced by big money.

Dr. Ben Carson got in a good line.

"I will not lick the boots of millionaires," he said.

Then, Trump and Bush re-engaged on the leadership issue.

"When Donald Trump talks about leadership, what was his position on who would have been a good negotiator in Iran? It was Hillary Clinton," said Bush.

The only thing missing, was those bubble messages in the old Batman show. "Bam. Pow. Pop." Trump fired back that Bush's brother "gave us Barack Obama."

Bush quickly rejoined and said that he kept us safe after 9-11, and with that, the audience rewarded him with a hefty round of applause that left Trump speechless, a rarity for him. Ohio Governor John Kasich continued to appear to be the most moderate guy on the stage, while Rand Paul pushed his libertarian agenda, including allowing the states to legalize grass if they wanted to do that.

U.S. Senator Mark Rubio gave a steady performance, while pledging never to talk to Vladimir Putin. U.S. Senator Ted Cruz declared the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court unqualified to sit on the bench. Former Governor Mike Huckabee concluded that the nuclear agreement with Iran would impact the "survival of Western civilization."

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker argued he stood up to labor and survived a recall in his state, and that meant he could handle the special interests in the nation's capitol too. Each campaign declared victory. Not a shocker there.


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