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Republican debate: Notable quotes from the candidates, Oct. 28, 2015

Notable quotes from the Republican presidential candidates were plentiful during the CNBC debate at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado, on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015.

Taking part were former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Dr. Ben Carson, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and real estate mogul Donald Trump.

The moderators were Becky Quick, Carl Quintanilla and John Harwood, all from CNBC.

Ben Carson

QUOTE 1: On his tax plan:
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QUOTE 1: On his tax plan: "That's not by any stretch pie in the sky."

QUOTE 2: "What we have to think about as leaders, particularly in government, is what can we do for the average American."

QUOTE 3: "It was never intended that the government should be in every aspect of our lives. This is a government that's of, by and for the people."

Carly Fiorina

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QUOTE 1: "You see, folks, this is how socialism starts: Government causes a problem, and then government steps in to solve a problem. This is why, fundamentally, we have to take our government back."

QUOTE 2: "The big and powerful use big and powerful government to their advantage ... meanwhile small businesses are getting crushed."

QUOTE 3: "It is the height of hypocrisy for Mrs. Clinton to talk about being the first woman president when every single policy she espouses, and every single policy of President Obama, has been demonstrably bad for women."

Donald Trump

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QUOTE 1: "I think maybe my greatest weakness is that I'm too trusting, and when people let me down, if they let me down, I never forgive."

QUOTE 2: After CNBC moderator John Harwood asked whether he is running a comic-book version of a presidential campaign: "It's not a comic book, and it's not a very nicely asked question the way you asked that."

QUOTE 3: On rival John Kasich, Ohio governor: "He got lucky with fracking, believe me. That is why Ohio is doing well."

QUOTE 4: "You better get rid of the super PACs because they are causing a big problem for this country."

QUOTE 5: "I think gun-free zones are a catastrophe. They're a feeding frenzy for sick people."

Rand Paul

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QUOTE 1: "Right and left are spending us into oblivion."

QUOTE 2: "I think the Fed has been a big problem in our society. What you need to do is you need to free up interest rates."

QUOTE 3: "Liberty thrives when government is small. I want a government so small that you can barely see it."

QUOTE 4: On a deal to raise the debt ceiling, part of the recently passed House version of the budget: "You'll see me on the floor of the Senate filibustering tomorrow, saying enough's enough -- no more debt."

Ted Cruz

QUOTE 1: Speaking to the CNBC moderators:
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QUOTE 1: Speaking to the CNBC moderators: "The questions that have been asked so far in this debate illustrate why the American people don't trust the media. This is not a cage match."

QUOTE 2: Asked how he would address the gender pay gap, Cruz responded, "Well, we've got to turn the economy around for people who are struggling." He also spoke about the single mothers in his family and said, "The struggle of single moms is extraordinary."

QUOTE 3: "I've got deep concerns about the Fed. The first thing I think we need to do is audit the Fed."

John Kasich

QUOTE 1: On stances taken by some of
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QUOTE 1: On stances taken by some of his opponents: "This stuff is fantasy, just like getting rid of Medicare and Medicaid. Come on, that's just not -- you scare senior citizens with that. It's not responsible."

QUOTE 2: "Folks, we gotta wake up. We cannot elect somebody that doesn't know how to do the job."

QUOTE 3: "If we're going to reform welfare for poor people, we ought to reform it for rich people as well."

QUOTE 4: "Sending mixed signals to kids about drugs is a disaster."

Marco Rubio

QUOTE 1: Responding to rival Jeb Bush's criticism
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QUOTE 1: Responding to rival Jeb Bush's criticism of Rubio's absences during Senate votes: "I don't remember you ever complaining about John McCain's vote record."

QUOTE 2: "I had to work my way through school, I had to borrow my way through school."

QUOTE 3: "The Democrats have the ultimate super PAC. It's called the mainstream media."

QUOTE 4: "Our legal immigration system from now on has to be merit-based."

Mike Huckabee

QUOTE 1: Responding to CNBC moderator John Harwood's
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QUOTE 1: Responding to CNBC moderator John Harwood's question about his biggest weakness: "Well, John, I don't really have any weaknesses that I can think of."

QUOTE 2: "You know, of the few questions I've got, the last one I need is to give him some more time. I love Donald Trump. He is a good man. I'm wearing a Trump tie tonight. Get over that one, OK?"

QUOTE 3: "Let me tell you Donald Trump would be a better president every day of the week -- and twice on Sunday -- rather than Hillary."

QUOTE 4: Huckabee portrayed himself as "the only guy that has consistently fought the Clinton machine every election I was ever in over the last 26 years. And not only did I fight them, but I beat them."

Chris Christie

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QUOTE 1: "The government has lied to you, and they have stolen from you ... Social Security is going to be insolvent in seven to eight years."

QUOTE 2: "The fact is that this Justice Department, under this president, has been a political Justice Department."

QUOTE 3: "The No. 1 job of the president of the United States is to protect the safety and the security of the American people. This president has failed." When he is president, Christie added, police officers will feel safe.

Jeb Bush

QUOTE 1: On his biggest weakness:
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QUOTE 1: On his biggest weakness: "I am by my nature impatient," and running for the White House "is not an endeavor that rewards that. You have to be patient, you have to stick with it and all that. But also I can't fake anger."

QUOTE 2: On rival Marco Rubio's absences from Senate votes: "He's a gifted politician. But Marco, when you signed up for this, this was a six-year term. So show up for work."

QUOTE 3: "My record was one of cutting taxes each and every year. You don't have to guess about it because I actually have a record."

QUOTE 4: "I will change the culture in Washington, just as I changed the culture in Tallahassee. And I will bring people together."


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