Round Four of the Republican presidential primary debates has come and gone, and like it or not, we'll have to wait a whole month for another showdown from the conservative crew.
Tuesday night's event produced its fair share of zingers, gaffes and GIFs. Ted Cruz got really excited about cutting the Department of Commerce, Chris Christie got a case of the Hillary Clinton hiccups, and Ben Carson and Jeb Bush for a second seemed to forget where they were.
And we also got fun things like this:
The media cycle is still digesting the night's winners and losers (we're pulling for you, Jeb). In the meantime, you can take our polls and let us know who you think came out ahead:
Check out the 12 biggest moments from #GOPDebate Round 4 below:
1. Twitter Makes All the Jokes. The Twitterverse made all the funnies during Tuesday night's debate, and we collected the crème de la crème of the social media giggles. From Arsenio Hall pondering whether Carson would bring a hammer with him to the Bush camp tweeting out a picture of the contender playing a bit of pre-debate Bocce ball, good times were had all around.
2. Christie Channels Trump with Plans to Fire the IRS. If Christie makes it to the White House, he'll have some federal employees shaking in their boots -- namely, IRS workers. "We need to make the tax code fairer, flatter and simpler -- the American people feel the tax code is rigged for the rich," he said during the undercard debate. "I will then be able to fire a whole bunch of IRS agents." Ouch.
3. Huckabee Pegs War on Poverty as Political Farce. When it comes to the war on poverty, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee ain't buying it. He thinks America's 50-year-old policy was never intended to eliminate poverty in the U.S. and is instead nothing but a political ploy. "The people who are not poor have not benefited," he declared.
4. The Undercard Debate Actually Isn't That Bad. Being relegated to the undercard debate is probably no picnic, but JVers Christie, Huckabee, Rick Santorum and Bobby Jindal made lemons out of lemonade on Tuesday night. They provided substantive explanations on several of their policies -- and questions from the moderators were decent, too.
5. GOP Says 'Good Luck' to Minimum Wage Earners on First Question. Fox Business promised a more serious tone to Tuesday's debate, and they delivered right out of the gate with a question on the minimum wage. Trump, Carson and Marco Rubio all fielded the question of whether they would boost basement pay in the United States, and all three responded with a resounding no. At least Trump did so regretfully, saying "I hate to say it, but we have to leave it the way it is."
6. Carson Says 'Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire' to Hillary Clinton. Carson has found himself in some hot water lately over perhaps being a bit less-than-truthful about his past. But sometimes your best defense is a good offense, which might be why the neurosurgeon seized the opportunity to field questions on his fibs by going after Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton's trustworthiness. "When I look at somebody like Hillary Clinton who sits there and tells her daughter and a government official that this was a terrorist attack and tells everybody else it was a video -- where I came from, they call that a lie," he said.
7. Bush Basically Wants to Travel Back in Time. Jeb Bush apparently longs for the days of 2008 when Barack Obama was just a senator from Illinois and his brother, George W., was still in the White House. It would save him the task of repealing every regulatory act passed under the Obama administration -- something he said he thinks needs doing Tuesday night.
8. Christie Says Obama and the Fed Are in Cahoots. New Jersey Governor Christie has his own theory as to why the Fed has been so hesitant to raise interest rates: it's all buddy-buddy with President Obama. "When they first cut interest rates during the economic recession and the crisis, that was the right thing to do," he said. "But they have kept those rates artificially low for one reason and one reason only -- because they are trying to politically support Obama and his agenda, and it's been wrong." Santorum echoed Christie's sentiment that the Fed is up to something fishy. Huckabee made some strange joke about his wife yelling.
9. Fiorina Really Has Her Sound Bites Nailed Down. If her presidential bid proves unsuccessful, Carly Fiorina might want to go into marketing. The former HP CEO appeared to have her slogans down pat during the debate -- and not much else. Her suggestions for helping the economy were essentially boiled down to taglines of Twitter-appropriate length.
10. Trump's Take on the TPP: TL;DR. The Donald has said on numerous occasions that he has quite a beef with the Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement. At the Fox Business debate, he added another layer to his criticism to the 12-country trade deal: it's too long. "It's 5,600 pages long, so complex that nobody's read it." Good thing Trump kept his own recent book at a more reasonable 200 pages, including pictures.
11. Ted Cruz Won't Push Granny Off a Cliff... at Least Not While His Mom's Watching. Wall Street Journal editor and debate moderator Gerard Baker asked Cruz about his desire to raise the retirement age and reduce benefits for future retirees, to which the Texas senator replied with a rather eyebrow-raising response. "Well, my mom is here, so I don't think we should be pushing any grannies off cliffs," he quipped. He went on to explain more about his policies, but for now, grandmothers everywhere can breathe a sigh of relief.
12. Christie Promises to Keep Social Security, Medicare. "I will make sure Medicare and Social Security are here," the New Jersey governor proclaimed during the undercard debate. He has explicit proposals in place to ensure both social safety nets, and as evidenced on Tuesday, he's sticking to his guns.
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