Top 20 Stupidest Things Said by Republican Presidential Candidates* in 2011 | Laura Hamlett

misc rick-perrySorry; I couldn’t keep it to just 10. I tried; I really did. There was just too much low-hanging fruit for the picking.


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

2. “[Paul Revere] warned, uh, the British that they weren’t gonna be takin’ away our arms, uh, by ringing those bells, and um, makin’ sure as he’s riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be sure and we were going to be free, and we were going to be armed.” | Sarah Palin

3. “If you have ever been robbed by a black teen-aged male, you know how unbelievably fleet-footed they can be.” | Ron Paul

4. “OK, Libya—President Obama supported the uprising. Correct? President Obama called for the removal of Gaddafi. Just want to make sure we’re talking about the same thing before I say, ‘Yes, I agree’ or ‘No, I didn’t agree.’” | Herman Cain

5. “Given the inefficiencies of what D.C. laughingly calls the criminal justice system, I think we can safely assume that 95 percent of the black males in that city are semi-criminal or entirely criminal.” | Ron Paul

6. “Our nation needs to stop doing for people what they can and should do for themselves. Self reliance means, if anyone will not work, neither should he eat.” | Michele Bachmann

7. “Don’t blame Wall Street, don’t blame the big banks. If you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself!” | Herman Cain

8. “It is tragic what we do in the poorest neighborhoods, entrapping children in child laws which are truly stupid… These schools should get rid of unionized janitors, have one master janitor, pay local students to take care of the school.” | Newt Gingrich

9. “For decades, certain human beings were wrongly treated as property and denied liberty in Americabecause they were not considered persons under the constitution. Today other human beings, the unborn of all races, are also wrongly treated as property and denied the right to life for the same reason.” | Rick Santorum

10. “But we also know that the very founders that wrote those documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States… I think it is high time that we recognize the contribution of our forbearers who worked tirelessly, men like John Quincy Adams, who would not rest until slavery was extinguished in the country.” | Michele Bachmann

11. “I don’t think the federal government has a role in your children’s education.” | Rick Perry

12. “Corporations are people, my friends.” | Mitt Romney

13. “Polls are for strippers and cross-country skiers”| Sarah Palin

14. “Our leaders are stupid. They are stupid people.” | Donald Trump

15. “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.” | Michele Bachmann

16. “I should tell my story. I’m also unemployed.” | Mitt Romney

17. “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

18. “[Social security] is a ponzi scheme.” | Rick Perry

19. “[Homosexuality] is an issue just like 9/11. We didn’t decide we wanted to fight the war on terrorism because we wanted to; it was brought to us. And if not now, when? When the supreme courts in all the other states have succumbed to the Massachusettsversion of the law?” | Rick Santorum

20. “Just like, John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa. That’s the kind of spirit that I have, too.” | Michele Bachmann

* Or those merely toying with the media about running…or not running…or…

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Laura Hamlett is the Managing Editor of PLAYBACK:stl. In a past life, she was also a music publicist and band manager. Besides music, books, and other forms of popular culture, she's a fan of the psychology behind true crime and violent criminals. Ask her about mass murder...if you dare.

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