GOP Candidates Name Their Big Weakness

Though a few dodged the question
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 28, 2015 8:04 PM CDT
GOP Candidates Name Their Big Weakness
From left, John Kasich, Mike Huckabee, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, and Rand Paul.   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

The opening question of Wednesday night's Republican debate was an open-ended one: What's your biggest weakness? Here are the answers, via the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and CNN:

  • Donald Trump: “I trust people too much and … if they let me down, I never forgive," he said. "I find it very, very hard to forgive people that deceive me."
  • Ben Carson: “A weakness would be not really seeing myself in that position (president) until hundreds of thousands of people began to tell me I needed to do it."
  • Marco Rubio: "I'm not sure it's a weakness, but I do believe that I share a sense of optimism for America's future that, today, is eroding from too many of our people. I think there's a sense in this country today that somehow our best."
  • Jeb Bush: “I am by my nature impatient, and this is not an endeavor that rewards that.” He also said he can't "fake anger."
  • Carly Fiorina: "Well, gee. After the last debate, I was told I didn’t smile enough."

  • John Kasich: “Great question, but I want to tell you, my great concern is that we are on the verge perhaps of picking someone who cannot do this job."
  • Ted Cruz: "I'm too agreeable, easy going," he joked. "I think my biggest weakness is exactly the opposite. I'm a fighter. I am passionate about what I believe."
  • Chris Christie: None of the GOP candidates have many weaknesses—only the Democratic ones: "a socialist, an isolationist, and a pessimist."
  • Mike Huckabee: "I don't really have any weaknesses."
  • Rand Paul: He ducked the question and instead criticized the budget deal, promising a filibuster.
(More Republican debate stories.)

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