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7 Memorable Moments from Presidential (and VP) Debates

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The CNN/YouTube Republican debate is tomorrow, and I'll probably forget to watch. But perhaps in five or ten years I can cherry-pick some of the funnier moments and post them for you here. In the second installment of our laziest and least-frequent regular feature, we've rounded up a few great moments in presidential (and vice-presidential) debate history.

1. Lloyd Bentsen vs. Dan Quayle

Year: 1988
Quote: "Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy."

2. Ronald Reagan vs. Walter Mondale

Year: 1984
Quote: "I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent's youth and inexperience."

3. Admiral James Stockdale

Date: 1992
Quote: "I know how American governments...can be..."

Before we get to more videos, here are a few zingers and gaffes I couldn't find on YouTube.

"When I hear your new ideas, I'm reminded of that ad, 'Where's the beef?'" "“Walter Mondale addressing Gary Hart in the Democratic Primary Debate, March 11, 1984
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"There is no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe, and there never will be under a Ford administration." "“Gerald Ford, misspeaking in a debate with Jimmy Carter, October 8, 1976
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Moderator: "Senator Dole, the president said in his opening statement, 'We are better off today than we were four years ago.' Do you agree?"

Bob Dole: "Well, he's better off than he was four years ago."

Bill Clinton: "I agree with that. That's right." --October 6, 1996

Here are a few from this year's campaign.

4. John McCain on Hillary Clinton

Date: 2007
Quote: "I wasn't there [at Woodstock]...I was tied up at the time."

5. Joe Biden on Rudy Giuliani

Date: 2007
Quote: "There's only three things he mentions in a sentence: a noun, a verb and 9/11."

6. Dennis Kucinich on UFOs

Date: 2007
Quote: "Did you see a UFO?" "I did."

7. Rudy Giuliani on Abortion

Date: 2007
Quote: "For someone who went to parochial schools all his life, this is a very frightening thing that's happening right now." [Thanks to reader Christopher Handel for sending this one in.]

Do you have a favorite debate moment we didn't mention? A different Reagan knockout blow? Clinton working the crowd? A classic Chester A. Arthur zinger? Let us know.

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Cover art for Laura Kumin's forthcoming cookbook

Called The Hamilton Cookbook: Cooking, Eating, and Entertaining in Hamilton’s World, the recipe collection by author Laura Kumin “takes you into Hamilton’s home and to his table, with historical information, recipes, and tips on how you can prepare food and serve the food that our founding fathers enjoyed in their day,” according to the Amazon description. It also recounts Hamilton’s favorite dishes, how he enjoyed them, and which ingredients were used.

Recipes included are cauliflower florets two ways, fried sausages and apples, gingerbread cake, and apple pie. (Cue the "young, scrappy, and hungry" references.) The cookbook’s official release is on November 21—but until then, you can stave off your appetite for all things Hamilton-related by downloading the musical’s new app.


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