November 6th, 2012
08:50 AM ET
8 years ago

21 moments that defined the campaign and America

Washington (CNN) - Remember Clint Eastwood's empty chair? Romney's Etch A Sketch moment? Obama's disastrous first debate?

The 2012 presidential race has been filled with stomach-clenching gaffes, dumb tactical goofs, nail-biting close calls and, of course, Big Bird.

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  1. Rudy NYC

    Please don't say Hurricane Sandy. Romney had lost momentum prior to the storm over the misleading Jeep ad. Republicans seem to never be willing to take RESPONSIBILITY for their mistakes, especially the dumbest ones.

    November 6, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  2. sun

    So does democrats...did obama take a blame for benghazi ? Get real obama is no saint...worst president ever!

    November 6, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    Oh, CNN. How cute. An article defining the 2012 Campaign with never a mention of the candidate who willingly chose to direct his campaign through a one lie at a time strategy, making a very real effort to lie his way through the primaries and then continue his lies in the general. Lies which were forwarded day after day to the media who then saw fit to continue the lies ... day after day ... one fact-less political ad after another. Yeah. I'm talking about Mitt Romney.

    November 6, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F

    sun – The worst president in American history was the republican who was asleep at the switch on 9,11, 2001. Two unfunded wars, unpaid for tax cuts for the wealthy, unfunded drug programs, TARP, a loss of 8 million jobs in his last three years, ignoring the mastermind of 9-11, and a GDP of negative 9% in his last year. Quite a tribute to total ineptness.

    November 6, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  5. Tony

    The Candy Crowley moment should be on the list.

    November 6, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  6. GI Joe

    I won't vote for the candidate that lied and lied and lied, and when confronted, doubled-down on those lies. He's NOT to be trusted with this great country.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    November 6, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  7. Expat American

    sun –

    The easiest response to your claim that President Obama is the worst ever is to say that W. was the worst President ever. But that’s too easy and frankly, quite tired.

    Your President(s) Bush and Cheney (co-President) were however, the most criminal in the history of the nation.

    'Worst' does not even come close to describing W., Cheney and the 2004 Republican 'values' that you subscribe too.

    November 6, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  8. Rudy NYC


    So does democrats...did obama take a blame for benghazi ? Get real obama is no saint...worst president ever!
    The right wing is blaming President Obama for Benghazi becausee House Republicans cut the budget for defending embassies, despite warnings from Hillary Clinton that it would jeopardize lives. They are simply trying to drown out the truth.

    America knows the truth about the budget cuts. America knows the right wing was screaming about keep troops OUT of Libya during its' uprising. America knows host countries are responsible for defending an embaassy within its' territory, too.

    November 6, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  9. Walter

    Elections in USA are clearly a pitiful event. This is basically a farce. Competition between 2 politicians look more like a toothpaste commercial. Media focuses basically on how they look then what real issues they bring to the table (if any). Most Americans do not even know detailed platform of their parties. None of the candidates talks about precise changes they are about to implement. Just slogan after slogan. Pitiful display of issues. If you want to learn about real platforms and issues prior to elections look south to Bolivian or Venezuelans elections. Those guys are portrayed by American media as dictators, anti-democratic thugs. Their issues focus on how the citizens can benefit from social programs such as health care, education, etc. American politicians work with and for big business. Straight and simple. Shame on them. This is a trully pitifull election:

    November 6, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  10. Ancient Texan

    Candy deciding to be a a debater and siding with the president that was derelict in his duty to protect Americans abroad (Benghazi) was a real memorable moment and points out the modern media and their total Liberal bias.

    November 6, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  11. Ancient Texan

    Rudy The State department testified before Congress that budget cuts had nothing to do with the refusal to add protection.

    November 6, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |