(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 from 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."
Leading up to CNN's "Tea Party Republican Debate" on Sept. 12, we took a look at the 10 Most Memorable Moments of recent debates:
(CNN) – Members of the tea party movement, including Sarah Palin, came out strongly against comments made by Teamsters President Jim Hoffa Monday, when he referred to Republicans as "sons of bitches."
Tea Party Express Chairwoman Amy Kremer said the comments were "disgraceful" and called on President Barack Obama and DNC Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz to denounce the remarks.
(CNN) – The battle between two Texans running for the Republican presidential nomination appears to be heating up.
Rep. Ron Paul's presidential campaign said Tuesday morning that it's going up with a new ad that contrasts the long time congressman's support for Ronald Reagan in 1980 to Texas Governor Rick Perry's support of Al Gore's bid for the Democratic presidential nomination eight years later. And a few hours later the Perry campaign responded.
Washington (CNN) - A new super political action committee backing Texas Gov. Rick Perry is aiming to spend $55 million through next spring to help him gain the Republican presidential nomination, a source familiar with the group's plans confirmed.
That amount will probably eclipse what the Perry campaign itself is able to spend in that period, the source said.
Washington (CNN) - Three new polls provide more evidence that the entrance of Texas Gov. Rick Perry has drastically changed the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
The Politico/George Washington University Battleground Poll has Perry atop the field with 36 percent, followed by former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney at 17 percent and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and Texas Rep. Ron Paul tied at 10 percent.
(CNN) – Critics on both sides of the political aisle hit Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney Tuesday ahead of his jobs address.
Brad Woodhouse, the communications director for the Democratic National Committee, said the former Massachusetts governor has not expressed "a single original idea on the economy in the entire time he has been running for president."
(CNN) - Labor Day marks the unofficial beginning of the 2012 campaign season and the Republican National Committee is wasting no time going after President Obama as he prepares to unveil a new jobs push later this week.
In a radio ad set to air in key campaign states that went Obama's way in 2008 but now appear to be tossups, the RNC is seeking to frame the debate ahead of the president's prime-time address Thursday.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin on Tuesday announced a bid for the Senate in 2012.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - Now is the time for action.
That's the message the White House is bringing to Congress as lawmakers return to work this week.
In a major speech Thursday night, President Obama is expected to argue that the government must do more to spur job growth, investment and economic expansion.FULL STORY
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CNN: 5 GOP candidates compete at South Carolina forum
Five of the Republican Party's leading presidential contenders traveled to South Carolina on Labor Day to kiss the ring of tea party kingmaker Jim DeMint at a first-of-its-kind forum devoted to the Constitution and the role of government.
CNN: Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney to unveil jobs plan
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will unveil his jobs plan in Las Vegas on Tuesday, the latest among Republican presidential hopefuls to come out with a proposal to grow the economy and boost employment. Romney provided a general outline in a USA Today piece Monday. He said his plan will contain 59 specific proposals to turn the economy around, "including 10 concrete actions I will take on my first day in office".