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Video features ‘pre-debate rituals’ of GOP candidates

Staff reports

The conservative website IJReview posted a lighthearted video that features some of the pre-debate “rituals” of GOP presidential candidates.
The conservative website IJReview posted a lighthearted video that features some of the pre-debate “rituals” of GOP presidential candidates.

Like a good athlete, the Republican presidential candidates have their own rituals for getting ready for tonight’s debate.

The conservative website IJReview posted a lighthearted black and white video that features some of these habits, complete with music reminiscent of the clips before a major sporting event.

Among those featured in the video is S.C. Sen. Lindsey Graham. He puts headphones on and says: “I take my new phone, thanks to The Donald, I listen to Motown to mellow me out.”

Donald Trump, the GOP front-runner, gave out Graham’s cellphone number at a campaign event in South Carolina last month after a feud with Graham. Trump doesn’t appear in the video.

The debate among the top 10 contenders is at 9 p.m. on Fox News. The early contest, featuring the others, begins at 5 p.m.

Bush says he normally calls his mom, former first lady Barbara, before a debate.

“Mom, I can’t say that on television,” he says, holding a phone to his ear.

The video also features Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Scott Walker, Carly Fiorina, George Pataki and Mike Huckabee.

Rubio holds up an iPhone and asks Siri: “What is Megan Kelly going to ask Marco Rubio at the Fox News debate?”

“Let me check on that,” Siri responds, pulling up a web search that doesn’t appear to provide her question.

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