Top 10 memorable debate moments (part three)
June 12th, 2011
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Top 10 memorable debate moments (part three)

(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 is the third installment. Check back Monday, June 13th for the last reveal. And let us know what you think. Did we miss your favorite moment?

4. “You’re likable enough, Hillary” | New Hampshire, 2008 (Jan. 5)
In an unusually awkward moment for then-Sen. Barack Obama, Sen., Hillary Clinton was asked why people didn’t seem to like her as much as Obama. After admitting “Well, that hurts my feelings,” Clinton smiled, then (sort of) praised Obama:
CLINTON: “He's very likable. I agree with that. I don't think I'm that bad.”
OBAMA: “You're likable enough, Hillary, no doubt about it.”
CLINTON: “Thank you, I appreciate that...”


3. “My opponent’s youth and inexperience” | Kentucky, 1984 (Oct. 21)
Ronald Reagan, who had been hammered about his age (he was 73 at the time), decided to turn the question upside down, making fun of his younger opponent, Walter Mondale, who was 17 years his junior. “I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit for political purposes my opponent's youth and inexperience.”

2. “Who Am I? Why Am I Here?” | Georgia, 1992 (Oct. 13)
Admiral James Stockdale, the affable running mate of Reform Party candidate Ross Perot, tried for a funny opening line during the 1992 vice presidential debate in Atlanta against Dan Quayle. His now famous “Who Am I, Why Am I Here” phrase later became raw meat for Saturday Night Live’s Phil Hartman.



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  1. vic , nashville ,tn

    Best debate
    2008 democratic primaries the debate was moderated by Wolf Blitzer, he let the candidates goes each other it was best

    June 12, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |