Sound bites from this week's trail

This week was full of colorful, often cringe-worthy, sound bites from the 2012 presidential hopefuls, their handlers, and those surrounding them.

This week was full of colorful, often cringe-worthy, sound bites from the 2012 presidential hopefuls, their handlers, and those surrounding them. Last night, though, at the final major GOP debate of 2011, it appeared everyone was on fairly good behavior. Let's review this week's communications breakdowns.

Mitt's a betting man: "Rick, I'll tell you what: $10,000 bucks? $10,000 bet?," Romney said during the GOP debate on Saturday, December 10. Perry didn't take the bait, but the DNC and a few of his Republican competitors took Romney to task for his out-of-touch comment. He followed it up by calling Newt Gingrich rich.

The president quoting his veep in Sunday's 60 Minutes interview: "No, no, no. I'm being judged against the ideal. And, you know, Joe Biden has a good expression. He says— 'Don't judge me against the Almighty, judge me against the alternative.'

The Donald removes himself from the debate - sort of:  "I am not willing to give up my right to run as an Independent candidate," Donald Trump said after stepping down as moderator for the Newsmax debate scheduled for December 27 in Iowa. But wait... it's back on?

Obama strategist David Axelrod is certain Newt Gingrich will expose his best side as the campaign progresses: "The higher a monkey climbs up a pole the more you see of his butt," Axelrod needled. "The Speaker is very high up the pole right now and we'll have to see if people enjoy the view."

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