White House press secretary Josh Earnest mocked the performance of Republican presidential candidates in the second GOP debate Wednesday night, by likening the event to a "tough day at the airport."

"You saw a dozen people in suits line up in front of an airplane," he said. "They seemed angry and pessimistic and they were looking for people to threaten."

"We didn't see a lot of that sunny optimism that was typical of the president [whose] library they stood in," he said, referring to President Reagan. "We did see an odd nostalgia for the George W. Bush era that was characterized by a rush to war" and a deep economic economic recession at the end of his second term.

Earnest has previously said President Obama had no plans to watch the GOP debate, and noted Thursday that he hadn't spoken to him about his reaction to any news clips he may have viewed on it.

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