As the race for the White House kicked into high gear over the past few months, with more than a dozen candidates in the running, it’s no surprise there was an abundance of one-liners and zingers.
While some moments –- like Jeb Bush revealing that he smoked marijuana in high school –- got a good laugh, others –- like Donald Trump’s call to stop Muslims from entering the US –- sparked an outcry.
Here are the top buzziest political lines of 2015:
1. “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some, I assume, are good people.” — Donald Trump, presidential announcement speech, June 16, 2015
2. "So, 40 years ago, I smoked marijuana, and I admit it. I'm sure that other people might have done it and may not want to say it in front of 25 million people. My mom's not happy that I just did.” — Jeb Bush, third Republican debate, Sept. 16, 2015.
Sorry Mom— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) September 17, 2015
3. "What, like with a cloth or something?" — Hillary Clinton, response to a reporter's questions about whether she wiped her server, North Las Vegas, Nevada, Aug. 18.
4. "The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails.” — Bernie Sanders, first Democratic debate, Oct. 13, 2015.
5. "Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that?" — Donald Trump on fellow Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, quoted in Rolling Stone magazine, Sept. 24.
6. "I think the likelihood of Hitler being able to accomplish his goals would have been greatly diminished if the people had been armed." — Ben Carson, on CNN regarding the school shooting in Oregon, Oct. 8, 2015. He clarified that he was saying "when tyranny occurs traditionally around the world, they try and disarm the people first."
7. “Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on-- we have no choice!” — Donald Trump, Rally in South Carolina, Dec. 7, 2015.
Just put out a very important policy statement on the extraordinary influx of hatred & danger coming into our country. We must be vigilant!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 7, 2015
8. “Welders make more money than philosophers. We need more welders and less philosophers.” — Marco Rubio, fourth Republican debate, Nov. 11, 2015.
9. "Now listen, here’s the simple and undeniable fact. The overwhelming majority of violent criminals are Democrats. The media doesn’t report that. What they report, and there’s a reason why the Democrats for years have been viewed as soft on crime, because they go in and they appoint to the bench judges who release violent criminals,” Cruz said. "They go in and fight to give the right to vote to convicted felons. Why? Because the Democrats know convicted felons tend to vote Democrat." — Ted Cruz, Hugh Hewitt Interview, Dec. 1, 2015.
10. “For instance if there’s a rabid dog running around the neighborhood, probably not going to assume something good about that dog and you’re going to want to put your children away,” Carson said in response to ABC’s question regarding whether Christian organizations should be helping refugees. He continued: "At the same time, I love dogs and I’m going to call the humane society and hopefully they can take this dog away and create a safe environment once again.” — Ben Carson, Media Avail in Alabama, Nov. 19, 2015.
11. “The fact of the matter is – and let’s say it in our debate because you’ll never hear this from that immigration-bashing carnival barker Donald Trump. The truth of the matter is net immigration from Mexico last year was zero. Fact check me. Our symbol is the Statue of Liberty. It is not a barbed-wire fence.” — Martin O'Malley, Second Democratic Debate, Nov. 14, 2015.
12. “I think if you're in favor of World War III, you have your candidate." — Rand Paul in response to Chris Christie saying he would shoot down Russian planes, Last Republican Debate of 2015, Dec. 15, 2015.
13. "There were people that were cheering on the other side of New Jersey where you have large Arab populations," Trump said. "They were cheering as the World Trade Center came down. I know it might be not politically correct for you to talk about it, but there were people cheering as that building came down." — Donald Trump, ‘This Week’, Nov. 22, 2015.
14. “It didn’t happen and the fact is, people can say anything but the facts are the facts and that didn’t happen in New Jersey that day and hasn’t happened since.” — Chris Christie in response to a question from ABC, Nov. 30, 2015.
15. “Margaret Thatcher once said ‘if you want something talked about ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.” — Carly Fiorina, Last Republican Debate of 2015, Dec. 15, 2015.