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The 8 Most Ridiculous Questions From The Fox News Early Debate

CREDIT: ANDREW HARNIK, AP
CREDIT: ANDREW HARNIK, AP

On Thursday night, Fox News’ Bill Hemmer and Martha MacCallum peppered the GOP presidential candidates who failed to qualify for the network’s prime time debate with tough questions about why they’ve failed to capture the excitement of the Republican electorate, creating some awkward moments for the seven contenders. But the moderators also asked some of the most loaded policy questions of the election cycle. Here is a list of the most ridiculous questions from the Fox News debate:

1. “Sen. Santorum, you won the Iowa caucus 4 years ago and 10 other states. But you failed to beat Mitt Romney for the nomination…. Has your moment passed, senator?

2. “The president is reluctant to label these terrorists Islamic extremists, but you’ve said you have no problem with that label. But then comes the hard part, here is the question: how afar are you willing to go to root out this problem here at home? Would you put mosques, for example, potentially under surveillance? And keep in mind that conservatives are increasingly concerned in this country about religious freedom.”

3. “Gov. Perry, you were in charge of the 12th largest economy in the world and you recently said that 4 years ago you weren’t ready for this job. Why should somebody vote for you now?

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4. “There is an increasing willingness in this country to accept assistance. How do you get Americans who are able, to take the job instead of a hand out?

5. “Many think that America has lost its can do spirit and that it’s not the nation that it once was. Ronald Reagan was confronted with a similar atmosphere and he said that it could be morning in America again. JFK said it was a new frontier. FDR said that we had nothing to fear but fear itself. On this level, Carly Fiorina, can you inspire this nation?

6. “Gov. Gilmore, you ran for the White House once and lost. You ran for the Senate once and lost. You haven’t held office in 13 years. Similar question. Is it time for new blood?

7. “How would you describe the Democratic frontrunner in two words?

8. “Gov. Pataki, four years ago this month you called it quits for a race for the White House in 2012. Mitt Romney declined to run because he believed that the party needed new blood. Does he have a point?