Moderator George Stephanopoulos ended tonight’s Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire by asking the candidate’s what they’d be doing tonight if they “weren’t here running for president.” Rick Perry didn’t hesitate before giving his answer.
“I’d probably be at the shooting range,” Mr. Perry said.
Mr. Perry spent some time last Friday at an Austin-area shooting range “relaxing” ahead of the debate.
The other candidates also discussed what they’d be doing this evening if they weren’t on the campaign trail.
Newt Gingrich was a little confused about his ideal weekend plans.
“I’d be watching the college championship basketball game,” Mr. Gingrich said.
“Football game,” Mr. Stephanopoulos corrected.
“I mean football game, thank you,” Mr. Gingrich said.
Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum said they’d also be watching the football championship. The candidates might not have to miss the BCS championship game after all, since it’s scheduled for Monday evening rather than tonight.
Ron Paul stayed on messaged and used Mr. Stephanopoulos’ question as an opportunity to burnish his reputation as a great economic mind.
“I’d be home with my family, but if they all went to bed, I’d probably read an economic textbook,” Mr. Paul said to laughs from his Republican rivals.
Jon Huntsman ended the debate on a more serious note.
“I’d be on the phone with my two boys in the United States Navy, because they’re a constant reminder of what is great about this nation and awesome about the emerging generation in this country,” Mr. Huntsman said.