I Still Can’t Believe These Moments from the 2016 Republican Primary Really Happened

We're knee-deep in the 2024 cycle, but I'm not done processing Carson and Cruz duking it out in a supply closet and Rubio breaking his tooth on a Twix bar.

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Republican presidential candidates don’t hear their names called at debate

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The opening two minutes of this Republican presidential debate from February 2016 still haunt my dreams. Starting with Ben Carson, it seems no one could hear their names being called onto the debate stage, causing the candidates to crowd into the hallway off the stage and create an awkward human traffic jam of sorts. Name after name was called. They lingered awkwardly. Words can’t really do justice to the weirdness that ensued. Just watch it, please.

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