'SNL' mocks GOP leadership conference in cold open

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The Republican candidates got a chance to rock out on this week's Saturday Night Live.

The episode's cold open lampooned the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, with a DJ (Cecily Strong) introducing the various GOP presidential candidates.

"He turned Arkansas from a red state into a shred state," the DJ said about Mike Huckabee (Beck Bennett), who appeared with a bass guitar.

The DJ introduced Ben Carson by quipping that he could go to jail for stealing your heart, adding: "If sexuality works the way he says it does, he might turn gay in there."

About Paul Rand, she said, "He's a small man who loves small government -; and fat blunts."

She closed the segment with, "Wouldn't it be fun to watch all these guys lose to Jeb Bush?"

Host Reese Witherspoon did not appear in the segment. Video can be seen below.

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