Gary Johnson borrows Rush Limbaugh’s zinger at Fox News GOP debate

In his second debate Thursday evening, former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson (R) scored some laughs at President Obama’s expense on the economy.

Johnson unleashed this funny zinger: “My neighbor’s two dogs have created more shovel-ready projects than this president.”

But the joke bore some resemblance to a similar punch line delivered by conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh the same day as the debate.

In an interview post-debate with Fox News, Johnson said he borrowed the line from a contest held by a New Mexico radio station that asked listeners to deliver the top 14 best lines for use in the debate.

The line was “among a list of 14 zingers sent to me,” Johnson said, referring to the radio station. It was a “very collective New Mexico effort that gave me that line.”

As for Limbaugh’s response to Johnson’s use of his material?

“I guess I’ve become show prep for the GOP debates now, too,” Limbaugh told The Huffington Post in an email.

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Rachel Van Dongen is the editor of PowerPost, a Washington Post vertical on all things Washington. She oversees a team of reporters who cover the ins-and-outs of Congress, the White House, K Street and the executive branch, and helps James Hohmann put out The Daily 202 newsletter every morning by 7 a.m.

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