Video: GOP debate opens with most awkward, bungled introductions ever

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By REBECCA IANNUCCI, TVLine.com

Is it too late for Saturday Night Live to completely rewrite tonight's cold open?

After all, the NBC sketch series would have a field day following the immensely uncomfortable introductions given at Saturday's Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire.

See moments from the debate below:

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Video: GOP debate opens with most awkward, bungled introductions ever
MANCHESTER, NH - FEBRUARY 06: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump participates in the Republican presidential debate at St. Anselm College February 6, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Sponsored by ABC News, the Independent Journal Review and Google, this is the final televised debate before voters go to the polls for the New Hampshire primary on February 9. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson speaks during the Republican Presidential Candidates Debate on February 6, 2016 at St. Anselm's College Institute of Politics in Manchester, New Hampshire. Seven Republicans campaigning to be US president are in a fight for survival in their last debate Saturday before the New Hampshire primary, battling to win over a significant number of undecided voters. / AFP / Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump (R) and Chris Christie (L) confer during a break in the Republican Presidential Candidates Debate February 6, 2016 at St. Anselm's College Institute of Politics in Manchester, New Hampshire. Seven Republicans campaigning to be US president are in a fight for survival in their last debate Saturday before the New Hampshire primary, battling to win over a significant number of undecided voters. / AFP / Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (R) walks past fellow candidate Marco Rubio (L) prior to the start of the Republican Presidential Candidates Debate on February 6, 2016 at St. Anselm's College Institute of Politics in Manchester, New Hampshire. Seven Republicans campaigning to be US president are in a fight for survival in their last debate Saturday before the New Hampshire primary, battling to win over a significant number of undecided voters. / AFP / Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, NH - FEBRUARY 06: Republican presidential candidate New Jersey Governor Chris Christie participates in the Republican presidential debate at St. Anselm College February 6, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Sponsored by ABC News, the Independent Journal Review and Google, this is the final televised debate before voters go to the polls for the New Hampshire primary on February 9. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, NH - FEBRUARY 06: Activists calling for a raise in the minimum wage rally outside the last Republican presidential debate before the New Hampshire primaries on February 6, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire. New Hampshire voters will vote in the state's republican and democratic primaries on Tuesday, February 9, 2016. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, IA - FEBRUARY 06: People wait in line to enter the Republican presidential debate at St. Anselm College February 6, 2016 in Manchester, Iowa. Sponsored by ABC News, the Independent Journal Review and Google, this is the final televised debate before voters go to the polls in the 'First in the Nation' New Hampshire primary. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, NH - FEBRUARY 06: Republican presidential candidate Ohio Governor John Kasich takes the stage for the Republican presidential debate at St. Anselm College February 6, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Sponsored by ABC News, the Independent Journal Review and Google, this is the final televised debate before voters go to the polls for the New Hampshire primary on February 9. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, NH - FEBRUARY 06: Activists calling for a raise in the minimum wage rally outside the last Republican presidential debate before the New Hampshire primaries on February 6, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire. New Hampshire voters will vote in the state's republican and democratic primaries on Tuesday, February 9, 2016. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, NH - FEBRUARY 06: Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) participate in the Republican presidential debate at St. Anselm College February 6, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Sponsored by ABC News, the Independent Journal Review and Google, this is the final televised debate before voters go to the polls for the New Hampshire primary on February 9. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
This multiple exposure picture shows candidates participating in the Republican Presidential Candidates Debate on February 6, 2016 at St. Anselm's College Institute of Politics in Manchester, New Hampshire. Seven Republicans campaigning to be US president are in a fight for survival in their last debate Saturday before the New Hampshire primary, battling to win over a significant number of undecided voters. / AFP / JEWEL SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
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Here's how it all went down (though our descriptions couldn't possibly do the above video justice):

While neurosurgeon Ben Carson waits in the wings for his name to be called, ABC News moderators David Muir and Martha Raddatz instead skip ahead to introduce Ted Cruz, followed by Donald Trump (who either doesn't hear his name or decides to keep Carson company offstage), Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and John Kasich.

All the while, a stagehand is ushering Carson to walk to his podium, but it isn't until Muir awkwardly announces, "Dr. Ben Carson, please come out on the stage. He's standing there as well" (ouch!), that Carson emerges, followed by Trump (after a second introduction) and, at last, Kasich.

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The introduction of the candidates at the Republican debate got awkward.

Posted by POLITICO on Saturday, February 6, 2016
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