By Jack Linshi
May 10, 2015

Saturday Night Live skewered the Republican presidential candidates during the May 9 episode’s cold open, featuring a DJ (Cecily Strong) giving snarky intros as the 2016 hopefuls entered the Southern Republican Leadership Conference.

The skit included a electric bass-wielding former Governor Mike Huckabee (Beck Bennett), who “turned Arkansas from a red state into a shred state”; Dr. Ben Carson (Kenan Thompson), who’s about to “put his neurosurgery training to use, because the things he says will blow your mind”; and Carly Fiorina (Kate McKinnon), the former Hewlett-Packard CEO who “Sneeds foreign policy experience.”

Others lampooned were Texas Senator Ted Cruz (Bobby Moynihan), Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (Kyle Mooney) and, to close it out, a shirtless Florida Senator Marco Rubio (Taran Killam), who “believes marriage should be between one man and one sexy mamacita.”

The episode, hosted by Hot Pursuit star Reese Witherspoon, also tackled the shooting at the controversial contest last week in Texas that featured depictions of the Prophet Muhammad. But in SNL‘s Pictionary-themed sketch, which drew mixed responses on social media, ultimately none of the contestants dared to draw anything.

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