Amid the rhetorical brawls and ISIS policy plans, there was something else that pervaded the GOP debate tonight: The cough.
At the beginning of the GOP debate tonight, someone let out a cough. And the Internet went wild over who it could have been.
My main goal now in this debate isn't finding the right candidate. I'm determined to find out who is microphone-coughing. #GOPDebate— scott moffat (@scottmoffat30) December 16, 2015
Someone attending the debate hook that guy up with a cough drop please. Signed, America— Luke Jensen (@LukeJensen1) December 16, 2015
Even celebrities watching were curious.
Theories quickly abounded about who it could be, with many assuming it was Ben Carson, especially after footage from the debate showed him coughing.
One hour into the debate and we cracked the mystery of the man behind the debate cough: Ben Carson #GOPdebate— Julia (@julia_sher24) December 16, 2015
I was anxious to see what @RealBenCarson meant when he said he was bringing a weapon to the debate. I didn't realize it would be a cough.— The Bitter Pastor (@TheBitterPastor) December 16, 2015
@#GOPDebate Ben Carson, a doctor, (he says) can't even take something for his annoying cough before this debate?!?— DennisRTesdell (@ArtBrokerWDM) December 16, 2015
Rob Lowe agrees … but isn’t mentioning anyone by name.
If it is, you'd think he'd take lozenge. Man's an MD!! https://t.co/pUrBQoDlEe— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) December 16, 2015
Then Carson campaign said the following: “We all caught something a month ago, and he, like me, keeps a bagging cough for weeks,” Carson’s communications director Doug Watts said. “No, not sick, just working through this cough. Almost gone.”