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

Key Moments from Republican Debate
Key Moments from Republican Debate

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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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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To watch the embarrassment unfold, press PLAY below, then hit the comments with your reactions.

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

Posted by POLITICO on Saturday, February 6, 2016