"Is this a comic book version of a presidential campaign?"
—CNBC political correspondent John Harwood, one of the moderators of that network's widely criticized Republican primary debate, in a question to Donald Trump, October 27
"Well, gee, after the last debate, I was told that I didn't smile enough."
—Carly Fiorina, in a grinning response to a question about her biggest weakness during the CNBC Republican primary debate, October 27
"I don't remember you ever complaining about John McCain's vote record. The only reason why you're doing it now is because we're running for the same position and someone has convinced you that attacking me is going to help you."
—Sen. Marco Rubio (R–Fla.) to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, after Bush criticized him for not showing up to work during the CNBC Republican primary debate, October 27
"I want a government so small I can barely see it."
—Sen. Rand Paul (R–Ky.) during the CNBC Republican primary debate, October 27