20 Dumbest Things Republican Candidates Said in 2015

Presidential candidates say the darndest things

"You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her… wherever," Donald Trump said of Megyn Kelly this year. Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty

This was the year Donald Trump held the Republican Party hostage. In poll after poll, GOP voters said they loved him in large part because he speaks his mind.

As such, the below list of the wildest quotes uttered by Republican presidential candidates this year is largely dominated by The Donald — though he by no means was the only candidate saying out-there things this year. There were plenty of head-scratchers to go around.

1. "[Mexico is] 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, in his announcement speech, setting the tone for his campaign

2. "The pyramids were made in a way that they had hermetically sealed compartments.... You would need that if you were trying to preserve grain for a long period of time." -Ben Carson, on the Egyptian pyramids

3. "Hell yeah, I would! You gotta step up, man." -Jeb Bush, on whether he'd travel back in time to kill baby Hitler, given the chance

4. "Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?" -Donald Trump, on Carly Fiorina

5. "Go back to Univision." -Donald Trump to Univision anchor Jorge Ramos

6. "Malala" -Marco Rubio, on the non-politician he'd most like to have a beer with, referring to Malala Yousafzai: a teenager and a practicing Muslim

7. "You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her… wherever." -Donald Trump, on Megyn Kelly's tough questions for him during the Fox News GOP debate

8. "I, for one, don't think Planned Parenthood ought to get a penny... because they're not actually doing women's health issues." -Jeb Bush

9. "The world is on fire. Yes! Your world is on fire." -Ted Cruz, to a three-year-old girl

10. "I never hit my mother with a hammer, and I never stabbed anybody." -Mike Huckabee, comparing himself to Ben Carson

11. "A lot of people who go into prison straight — and when they come out, they're gay." -Ben Carson

12. "I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering" -Donald Trump, recalling a scene that never happened in the wake of 9/11

13. "I like to be unpredictable." -Donald Trump, on sometimes carrying a gun

14. "What you're telling me is if I blow a hurricane through a junkyard enough times over billions and billions of years, eventually after one of those hurricanes there will be a 747 fully loaded and ready to fly." -Ben Carson expressing doubt about the Big Bang

15. "She was favored to win, and she got schlonged," -Donald Trump, on Hillary Clinton losing to Barack Obama in 2008

16. "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 is going on." -A Donald Trump press release 

17. "If there is a rabid dog running around your neighborhood, you're probably not going to assume something good about that dog, and you're probably gonna put your children out of the way." -Ben Carson, on Syrian refugees

18. "If I become president we're all going to be saying Merry Christmas again." -Donald Trump

19. "Strom Thurmond had four kids after age 67. If you're not willing to do that, we need to come up with a new immigration system." -Lindsey Graham

20. "I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes. Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain." -Carly Fiorina, inaccurately describing one of the Planned Parenthood "sting" videos released earlier this year