The candidates were asked who they might select as their running mate. Rick Perry gave an interesting response.
Perry said he would play with the “game show” format of the question, and the debate itself: “If you could take Herman Cain and mate him up with Newt Gingrich, I think you would have some really interesting guys to work with.”
After the laughter of all the participants died down, it became Mitt Romney’s turn to answer the question. He opened with a deadpan comment. “There are a couple of images I’m going to be having trouble getting out of my mind,” said Romney, saying he was referring to the cross-breeding of Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich, and also to Gary Johnson’s neighbor’s dogs creating shovel-ready jobs.