(CNN) – We remember how the nation was surprised when, in 1960, Richard Nixon showed up to the first televised debate with John F. Kennedy looking tired, pasty and with visible razor stubble, a stark contrast to the young, fresh senator form Massachusetts would later take the White House. Or Ronald Reagan quipping to Jimmy Carter in 1980 after one of his attacks on the California governor, “There you go again.”
Over the next few days leading up to CNN’s first Republican debate in New Hampshire on Monday, June 13 at 8 p.m., we’ll take a look at the 10 Most Memorable Moments of recent debates.
Here are the second three moments. Check back each day for the next installment, with the 10th being revealed on Monday, June 13. And let us know what you think. Did we miss your favorite moment?
7. "I am paying for this microphone” | New Hampshire, 1980 (Feb. 23)
A visibly angry Ronald Reagan, who was trying to explain why he invited other candidates to the debate, shot back at the moderator of the New Hampshire debate after he ordered the former governor’s microphone muted: "I am paying for this microphone, Mr. Green.” (The editor’s name was actually Mr. Breen, not Green).
6. “Where’s the beef?” | New York, 1984 (March 11)
During the Democratic primary debates of 1984, Walter Mondale was annoyed by the brash success of Gary Hart, who kept bragging about his “new ideas.” "When I hear your new ideas, I'm reminded of that ad, 'Where's the beef?'"
5. “If Kitty Dukakis were raped…” | California, 1988 (Oct. 13)
During the 1988 presidential debate, CNN’s Bernard Shaw, who researched to find to find a question that would engage Democratic candidate Michael Dukakis, asked him if he would be in favor of the death penalty for the attacker if his wife was raped and murdered. Dukakis responded with a rather dry, unemotional reply: “No, I don't, Bernard. And I think you know that I've opposed the death penalty during all of my life. I don't see any evidence that it's a deterrent, and I think there are better and more effective ways to deal with violent crime.”
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