Last Wednesday night (Oct. 28), 10 candidates participated in the third Republican debate: Donald Trump, Dr. Ben Carson, Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.), former Florida governor Jeb Bush, former tech executive Carly Fiorina, Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.), former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.).
CNBC’s debate moderator Carl Quintanilla first question to each Republican candidate was “what’s your biggest weakness?” The candidates responded with the following:
KASICH: Good question, but I want to tell you, my great concern is that we are on the verge, perhaps, of picking someone who cannot do this job.
HUCKABEE: If I have a weakness, it’s that I try to live by the rules. I try to live by the rules, no matter what they are, and I was brought up that way as a kid. Play by the rules.
BUSH: You know, I am by my nature impatient. And this is not an endeavor that rewards that. You gotta be patient. You gotta be — stick with it, and all that.
RUBIO: Thank you for that question. I would begin by saying that I’m not sure it’s a weakness, but I do believe that I share a sense of optimism for America’s future that, today, is eroding from too many of our people.
TRUMP: I think maybe my greatest weakness is that I trust people too much. I’m too trusting. And when they let me down, if they let me down, I never forgive. I find it very, very hard to forgive people that deceived me. So I don’t know if you would call that a weakness, but my wife said “let up.”
CARSON: Probably in terms of the applying for the job of president, a weakness would be not really seeing myself in that position until hundreds of thousands of people began to tell me that I needed to do it. I do, however, believe in Reagan’s 11th commandment, and will not be engaging in awful things about my compatriots here.
FIORINA: Well, gee, after the last debate, I was told that I didn’t smile enough. (LAUGHTER)
CRUZ: I’m too agreeable, easy going. You know, I think my biggest weakness is exactly the opposite. I’m a fighter. I am passionate about what I believe.
CHRISTIE: I don’t see a lot of weakness on this stage, quite frankly. Where I see the weakness is in those three people that are left on the Democratic stage.
PAUL: You know, I left my medical practice and ran for office because I was concerned about an $18 trillion debt. We borrow a million dollars a minute.
If there is one question in this world that you should know the answer to, it’s “what’s your biggest weakness?” From job interviews, college applications and even first dates, you should know the answer and be able to explain. As for myself, my biggest weakness is loving unconditionally. Not everyone we meet is a nice person with honest intentions. Share with us your weakness!