Great Debate Moments

By Emma Fidel and Lauren Vicary - 2012-10-05T21:28:12Z

Photograph by Robert Maass/Corbis

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The 1988 vice presidential debate between Democratic Senator Lloyd Bentsen and Republican Senator Dan Quayle provided one of the most resonant one-liners in political rebuttals. When Quayle, then 41, compared his record in Congress with John F. Kennedy's, Bentsen fired back: "I served with Jack Kennedy. I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy." The audience went nuts. Quayle's pout and terse response -- "That was really uncalled for, Senator" -- earned even more laughter and applause, and cemented the moment in debate history.

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