NASHUA, N.H. — Republicans in the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire this weekend held their opening cattle call of the 2016 presidential campaign.
To more than 500 attendees on both Friday and Saturday, presumed and official presidential candidates presented their likely platforms.
And most of them took jabs at a common enemy — former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is viewed far and away as the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination. A lot of their barbs centered on Clinton’s much-discussed stop-in at an Ohio Chipotle during a road trip to Iowa this week, when she reportedly did not talk to anyone and did not leave a tip.
Here are nine of the best and/or most groan-worthy zingers from the Republican presidential hopefuls.
“Scott Brown let me know Hillary’s going to raise $2.5 billion. That’s a lot of Chipotle, my friends.” — Marco Rubio, presidential candidate and U.S. senator from Florida
“I’m starting to worry that when Hillary Clinton travels, there’s going to need to be two planes — one for her and her entourage, and one for her baggage.” — Rand Paul, presidential candidate and U.S. senator from Kentucky
"Maybe get out of the van." — former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, when asked if she has any advice for Hillary Clinton's upcoming visit to New Hampshire
"If you want to meet her, you better be able to run 30 miles per hour." — U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham
“She didn’t wear sunglasses, I wasn’t in disguise, we said hello to everybody — and I left a tip.” — former New York Gov. George Pataki on he and his wife’s stop in Chipotle on Thursday.
"We don't need Batman or Spiderman to beat Hillary Clinton." — Pataki, on a roll
“Back in law school, Hillary was a radical. And she is a radical now.” — John Bolton, former U.N. ambassador
“I don’t see any coronation coming my way, trust me. We've got 95 people possibly running for president. I'm really intimidating a bunch of folks, aren't I?" — former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, contrasting the crowded GOP field with the “coronation” for Democrats.
Brett LoGiurato is the senior national political correspondent at Fusion, where he covers all things 2016. He'll give you everything you need to know about politics, with a healthy side of puns.