Republican Fox News Debates Serve Up 8 Moments Of Political Burlesque

NEW YORK -- The 2016 presidential election got underway on Thursday. More than a year before America (or the 60 percent that vote) goes to the polls, Fox News broadcast two live TV debates from Cleveland, Ohio featuring 17 (yes, 17) Republican candidates, all who believe they have a chance at trousering the keys to the White House next year.

The cast -- seven in the first debate, 10 in the second -- included some impressive characters, particularly in the 5pm undercard where Carly Fiorina, a former business CEO and the only woman on either stage, put in a solid show. Unfortunately, her performance was slightly undone after it was revealed she left a copy of her closing statement on a hotel printer. It wasn't the only moment of burlesque. The main event, which included Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Chris Christie, Donald Trump, Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich, Ben Carson and Rand Paul, was similarly entertaining.

Here are 8 of the best moments from a night of political vaudeville:

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8 Moments Of Burlesque From The Fox News Debate