South Carolina Democrats mock GOP debate
May 5th, 2011
06:48 PM ET
11 years ago

South Carolina Democrats mock GOP debate

Greenville, South Carolina (CNN) - South Carolina Forward Progress, an independent group formed this week by a group of Democratic operatives, held a carnival-like press conference outside Thursday's Republican presidential debate in Greenville, South Carolina.

Lachlan McIntosh, one of the group's founders, mocked the five candidates appearing in the debate, calling the Fox News production a "circus" and "a celebration of extremism."

"Every circus needs a good sideshow," McIntosh said, gesturing to a handful of jugglers, clowns, "birthers" and a man dressed as an elephant dancing behind him.

Filed under: 2012 • South Carolina
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Republican Robber Baron

    Excellent South Carolina! I love it. Come on now...the glory days of Dixie and the 1800's are long gone. Don't let DeMint and friends keep South Carolina down as the laughing stock in the nation. SC you can do better than this. Good job with the mockery skit! hilarious

    May 5, 2011 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  2. CNN watcher

    That's exactly what this debate is. GOP clowns.

    May 5, 2011 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  3. Jake

    love it! Who's going to run Fox's fair and balanced programming now that the entire Republican network is running for President?

    May 5, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  4. Four and The Door

    They should continue to develop their street-entertainment skills. After the shellacking is completed in 2012, there will not be much left to do as a Democrat. Maybe they could get some gigs at birthday parties and bar-mitvahs.

    May 5, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  5. Nija

    This is the period that Americans need to come together as a family but unfortunately the G o pees are pulling us apart.

    May 5, 2011 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  6. T'sah from Virginia

    Who is going to watch it? I don't even know what channel it is on and don't care!!!

    May 5, 2011 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    It's unfortunate, but it's true and appears the GOP can't disclaim it just like the circus must go on.

    May 5, 2011 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  8. Gary Jaussaud

    I think everyone should leave them alone and let them do their thing, I think there are many Republicans out there that are
    ready to "Eat Their Own" and so they will take care of each other, and we will have fewer Republicans to deal with later on.

    May 5, 2011 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  9. Derrick

    This is hilarious......perfectly fits the circus of republican pretenders!!!!!!

    May 5, 2011 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  10. Liberal4Obama

    Did the Carnival Barker a.k.a Donald Trump showed up

    May 5, 2011 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  11. BobRoss

    Stay classy Democrats!

    May 5, 2011 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  12. A disgusted former Republican

    In looking at the announced repuclican candidates so far, they wouldn't even make a good circus; a circle jerk perhaps.

    May 5, 2011 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  13. T37

    So South Carolina is the stage for the first TeaPublican showing of some of its Seven Dwarfs. How fitting for them to show up in the state responsible for the opening Confederate salvo of the Civil War. These people haven't even made it into the 20th century, much less the twenty-first. At least they are transparent about their bigotry, hatred, and desire to "get back to" the America that gave us institutionalized racism.

    May 5, 2011 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  14. sonic10158

    I'm sure they'd pitch a fit if gopers in that state did the same to democrats

    May 5, 2011 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  15. Clwyd

    I love satire and I was wondering why there wasn't more of it with all these clowns and idiots in the republican party. Now I'm at least a little satisfied!

    May 5, 2011 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  16. Buster

    Okay, so there are around 6 people there and one yahoo is dressed in an elephant costume. How is this news??

    May 5, 2011 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  17. Ray Ward

    CIrcus is the right word! These radical right wingers have no solutions, but the same old trickle down economics, that has never worked and never will, and they are so obessed with bashing our President, filling the airwaves with hate and lies, and conspiracy theories, because they have no solutions to the real problems the country faces. The Republican candidates are OBama's best friend right now! People are finally starting to see that these candidates offer no new ideas, or solutions, and can only focus on bashing the "Socialists." They make themselves look more incompetent, every time they open their mouths!

    May 5, 2011 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  18. Walter

    Some far leftists throw together a group to "mock GOP debate" and it becomes news on CNN. Gee, no bias there.

    May 5, 2011 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  19. Robert

    Now that's real mature......fits the level of antics as those in the White House. Nice game of following the leader.

    May 5, 2011 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  20. Steve in North Carolina

    Yep. All six of them.

    May 5, 2011 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  21. Valerie from Raleigh

    Here is a message from a senior Independent voter; the behavior of the once-proud Republican party has been totally shameful since Barack Obama became president and there is absolutely not way I would vote for or financially support any Republican candidate. Not one senior Republican stood up to the "birthers" and told them to knock-it-off and that President Obama is an American. They are all afriad of the Tea Party group if they attempt to speak the truth. Everyone one of them should hang their heads in shame!

    May 5, 2011 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |