Past debate gaffes – Republican Presidential candidate Rick Perry may have had a rather spectacular brain freeze during Wednesday's debate, but as far as debate gaffes go, Perry isn't alone. We decided to take a look back at other famous stumbles in televised presidential or vice presidential debates.
Past debate gaffes – During the 1988 vice presidential debate, Sen. Lloyd Bentsen, the running mate of Walter Mondale, shot back at his opponent, Rep. Dan Quayle, about a comparison between Quayle and JFK: "Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy: I knew Jack Kennedy; Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy."
Past debate gaffes – Adm. 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 fodder for Saturday Night Live's Phil Hartman.
Past debate gaffes – President George H.W. Bush checks his watch during a debate with Bill Clinton and Ross Perot on October 15, 1992.
Past debate gaffes – Al Gore sighs excessively during his first presidential debate against George W. Bush in Boston.
Past debate gaffes – Later that same month, during a different debate, Vice President Gore interrupts one of George W. Bush's answers by invading his personal space.