Sarah Palin 2012 - Really? Nah, that bus tour through Iowa and New Hampshire was just foolin'.
John Wayne Who? - Michele Bachmann mistakenly congratulated Waterloo, Iowa, for being the birthplace of John Wayne. The town was home to serial killer John Wayne Gacy.
Self-deportation - All-but-sure nominee Mitt Romney's solution to the problem of millions of illegal immigrants, offered during a Florida debate.
Food stamp president - Gingrich's nickname for President Obama, as more jobless people joined the rolls.
9-9-9 - Former pizza CEO Herman Cain was touting his plan for income, corporate and sales taxes.
Sweater vest - RickSantorum put one on in Iowa and nearly overnight it was his "official wardrobe."
Back to the Gold Standard - Ron Paul is still primed for that return trip, right after he fires the Federal Reserve.
Moon base - The other guys mocked Gingrich for saying he would colonize the moon.
You are the same height as my wife - What Cain recalled telling an employee who included the close encounter in her sexual-harassment complaint.
Open marriage - What one of Gingrich's ex-wives said he had sought from her. He denied her story.
Baggage - Gingrich's political and personal past began to weigh him down when pro-Romney ads jeered, "Newt has more baggage than the airlines."
Airtight kennel - Where Romney said his dog used to love to travel, strapped to the top of the family car.
The dangers of contraception - Santorum said he would warn the nation as president. Democrats warned women about him.
A couple of Cadillacs - What Romney said his wife drives, provoking another round of jokes about his wealth.
$2.50 per gallon - Gingrich pinned his comeback hopes on the nation's thirst for low-cost gasoline.
Phony theology - The basis of Obama's environmental policies, Santorum said.
Etch A Sketch - Romney can shake off the primaries and start the fall campaign like a clean Etch a Sketch, his spokesman said.