Presidential Debates Past and Present

Below are some of the most memorable lines from presidential and vice presidential debate history:

1. “There you go again.”

2. “I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent’s youth and inexperience.”

3. “Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy, I knew Jack Kennedy, Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy.”

Do you know who said them? (Scroll down for the answers at the end of this post.)

Newsmax has compiled these famous quotes and many others in a 9-min video montage.

Watch the exclusive video here.

The 2012 presidential debate season is about to get underway tonight!

Where and when?  9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time at the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado.

Who is moderating? Jim Lehrer of PBS will moderate his 12th presidential debate.

Where can I watch it? The debate will be broadcast live on C-SPAN, ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, as well as on cable news channels including CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC among others. You can also watch the live stream on your computer or mobile device.

How can I follow it on social media? The official Twitter handle is #debates, and you can read about Facebook and Tumblr’s coverage plans here. Each candidate has a page dedicated to the event: Here are the Romney debate page and the Obama debate page.

Where can I find more information? Click here for the complete 2012 Presidential Debate schedule including topics, dates, and venues.

CNN Politics has published an interesting article on how to interpret candidates’ body language during debates. The Palm Beach Post has published a great article on How to Watch a Presidential Debate – complete with a grading rubric! Watch the debate with your high school civics students, or speech and debate class, and see how the candidates score.

Plan ahead to host a debate watching party for the next debate on October 16th. Find out more at

1. President Ronald Reagan
2. President Ronald Reagan
3. Sen. Lloyd Bentsen, the 1988 Democratic vice presidential nominee
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