Five lines that killed at the DNC

Story highlights

  • Gabby Giffords' lines weren't original, but they were powerful
  • John Kerry scored two big hits on Thursday
  • Barack Obama cites the Republican prescription for an ailing economy
  • Former Michigan governor describes Mitt Romney's love for cars

While Night 3 of the Democratic National Convention didn't disappoint, it did surprise -- Vice President Joe Biden didn't go off-script. Sen. John Kerry brought the house down by turning the tables on Republicans. And who saw former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm's fiery address coming?

Here are five of the best lines from Night 3:

1. "Have a surplus? Try a tax cut."

"Deficit too high? Try another."

"Feel a cold coming on? Take two tax cuts, roll back some regulations, and call us in the morning!"

Kerry accuses Romney of flip-flopping
Kerry accuses Romney of flip-flopping


    Kerry accuses Romney of flip-flopping


Kerry accuses Romney of flip-flopping 02:35
Watch Gabby Giffords lead Pledge at DNC
Watch Gabby Giffords lead Pledge at DNC


    Watch Gabby Giffords lead Pledge at DNC


Watch Gabby Giffords lead Pledge at DNC 02:41

-- President Barack Obama's analogy for the Republican economic policies of the last 30 years, that he says don't work.

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2. "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America..."

-- Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords as she led the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of the last night of the DNC. Giffords was critically injured after she was shot in the head in January 2011 when a gunman opened fire at a constituent meet-and-greet in Tucson, Arizona.

Gabby Giffords makes emotional appearance at DNC

3. "Ask Osama bin Laden if he is better off now than he was four years ago."

-- U.S. Senator and former Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry playing off the question posed at the Republican National Convention last week.

4. "He loves our cars so much, they have their own elevator... In Romney's world, the cars get the elevator, the workers get the shaft."

-- Jennifer Granholm, the former Gov. of Michigan and television host on Current TV, on Mitt Romney's Op-Ed in the New York Times, "Let Detroit go Bankrupt."

5. "President Mitt Romney"—three hypothetical words that mystified and alienated our allies this summer. For Mitt Romney, an overseas trip is what you call it when you trip all over yourself overseas. It wasn't a goodwill mission—it was a blooper reel."

-- John Kerry on the gaffes that plagued Mitt Romney's trip to the London Olympics, Poland and Israel.

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