On the night of November 19th 2011, six Republican presidential candidates sat around a mock Thanksgiving table to discuss God and social issues at a debate moderated by Republican pollster Frank Luntz. The Daily Beast reports:
“They began by discussing the influence of religion and God on their political careers and which values they’d like to reinstate in America. Thanks to the unusual format, it was more of a polite discussion, and candidates took the opportunity to tell sprawling stories of their Christian faith and personal hardships. Mitt Romney and Jon Hunstman Jr. declined to participate in the debate.”
Nonetheless, the table had all the makings of an awkward Thanksgiving dinner. Here are our fondest remembrances of Republican Thanksgiving 2011.
It all started with Bachmann pouring water all around the table
No one was quite sure what to do…
There were pumpkins on the table!
Santorum loved them
And a gigantic cornucopia
Newt stared directly at it
Moderator Frank Luntz sat an uncomfortable distance from Ron Paul
Ron Paul didn’t mind
Bachmann was a natural
There were jokes all around
And some serious moments, like Santorum recalling the difficult situation with his daughter Bela
Or Herman Cain describing his wife’s support when he was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer
Rick Perry was there!
We miss Rick Perry
Newt gave Occupy Wall Street a world class lecture
Then Gave Bachmann a shoulder pat
All around, it was an awesome debate