They Said WHAT?! Worst Quotes by the GOP Presidential Candidates

The Dumbest Quotes by the 2012 Republican Presidential Candidates

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The Republican presidential candidates have been grabbing headlines with many of their laughable campaign pronouncements. Here's a roundup of some of the most ridiculous, outrageous, and idiotic statements made so far by the 2012 GOP hopefuls:

Michele Bachmann Quotes

"I don't know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We've had an earthquake; we've had a hurricane. He said, 'Are you going to start listening to me here?' Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we've got to rein in the spending." —Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, suggesting at a presidential campaign event in Florida that the 2011 East Coast earthquake and hurricane was a message from God (Aug. 2011)

"Well what I want them to know is just like, John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa. That's the kind of spirit that I have, too" —Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, getting her John Waynes mixed up during an interview after launching her presidential campaign in Waterloo, Iowa, where she grew up. The beloved movie star John Wayne was born in Winterset, Iowa, three hours away. The John Wayne that Waterloo was home to is John Wayne Gacy, a notorious serial killer. (June 2011)

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Rick Perry Quotes

"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 epic onstage meltdown during a GOP debate, forgetting about his plan to cut the Department of Energy, Nov. 9, 2011

"Texas is a unique place. When we came in the union in 1845, one of the issues was that we would be able to leave if we decided to do that. You know, my hope is that America and Washington in particular pays attention. We've got a great union. There is absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what may come out of that?" —Texas Gov. and GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry, raising the prospect of Texas seceding while speaking to a reporter after a Tea Party rally, April 15, 2009

"It's a theory that's out there. It's got some gaps in it. In Texas we teach both Creationism and evolution." —Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry, in response to a child who asked him if he believed in evolution during a campaign stop in New Hampshire, August 18, 2011

"If this guy prints more money between now and the election. I don't know what y’all would do to him in Iowa, but we — we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas. Printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treacherous — or treasonous in my opinion." —Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry, suggesting on his first day campaigning for president that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke may be a traitor to his country, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, August 15, 2011

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Mitt Romney Quotes

"Corporations are people, my friend... of course they are. Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to the people. Where do you think it goes? Whose pockets? Whose pockets? People's pockets. Human beings, my friend." —GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney to a heckler at the Iowa State Fair who suggested that taxes should be raised on corporations as part of balancing the budget, Aug. 11, 2011

"I should tell my story. I'm also unemployed." —GOP presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R), speaking in 2011 to unemployed people in Florida. Romney's net worth is over $200 million.

"I saw the young man over there with eggs Benedict, with hollandaise sauce. And I was going to suggest to you that you serve your eggs with hollandaise sauce in hubcaps. Because there's no plates like chrome for the hollandaise." —GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, after working the room at a New Hampshire restaurant and pausing for a photo with the owner (June 2011)

Newt Gingrich Quotes

"There's no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate." —GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, explaining why he cheated on his first two wives. He carried on the first affair while his wife was suffering from cancer, and the second while he was busy orchestrating Bill Clinton's impeachment.

"I have two grandchildren – Maggie is 11, Robert is 9. I am convinced that if we do not decisively win the struggle over the nature of America, by the time they're my age they will be in a secular atheist country, potentially one dominated by radical Islamists and with no understanding of what it once meant to be an American." –GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich in March 2011

Herman Cain Quotes

"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?" –Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain

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." –Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, warning that China could develop nuclear weapons, even though they've them since 1964, PBS interview, Oct. 31, 2011

"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." --Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, speaking about a constitutional amendment banning abortion. Presidents, however, do not sign constitutional amendments – they're passed by congress and must be ratified by the states, and the president plays no role in the process. (Oct. 22, 2011)

"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. You’ll have time to read that one over the dinner table. What does Herman Cain, President Cain talking about in this particular bill?" –GOP presidential candidate and former pizza magnate Herman Cain (June 6, 2011, Pella, Iowa)

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