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Stewart: GOP debate was 'good old-fashioned Reagan-off'
David Edwards and Muriel Kane
Published: Tuesday January 15, 2008 | StumbleUpon
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Jon Stewart reported on the final Republican debate preceding the South Carolina primary, beginning with the candidates' "good old-fashioned Reagan-off."

"But I stayed faithful to the things Ronald Reagan stayed faithful to," declared Mike Huckabee.

"So Governor Huckabee has never cheated on Nancy Reagan," commented Stewart.

However, Rudy Giuliani topped that with his boast, "Ronald Reagan appointed me associate attorney general of the United States."

"Ronald Reagan knew your name!" chirped Stewart, clapping like a four-year-old.

Stewart continued, "After the Reagan-off, the candidates had to show the people of South Carolina that they understand their problems."

"I know how to secure the borders," said McCain. "I come from a border state where our borders are broken."

"So it sounds like you don't know how to secure the borders," noted Stewart.

"I threw Arafat out of the UN 50 celebration," said Giuliani. "And I made sure Castro wouldn't come to that celebration."

Stewart explained, "Basically, Giuliani is saying that his foreign policy experience is stopping two old men from going to a party."

Stewart concluded with a selection of sabre-rattling statements by the candidates, from Huckabee threatening, "If you .. engage the United States military ... the next thing you see will be the gates of Hell" to Fred Thompson blustering, "One more step and they would have been introduced to those virgins."

This video is from Comedy Central's The Daily Show, broadcast January 15, 2008.