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!"

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-- 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.

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    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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        Election 2012

      • CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 06:  U.S. President Barack Obama stands on stage with first lady Michelle Obama, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden after his victory speech on election night at McCormick Place November 6, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama won reelection against Republican candidate, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

        A black man is returning to the White House. Four years ago, it was a first, the breaking of a racial barrier. Tuesday night, it was history redux. And more.
      • CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 06:  U.S. President Barack Obama stands on stage after his victory speech at McCormick Place November 6, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama won reelection against Republican candidate, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

        The 2012 presidential election shattered spending records, further polarized a divided country and launched a thousand hashtags.
      • Even though voters indicated to pollsters that their financial situation is the same or worse than it was four years ago, they put their trust in the president.
      • US President Barack Obama addresses a crowd of supporters on stage on election night November 6, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. President Barack Obama swept to re-election Tuesday, forging history again by transcending a slow economic recovery and the high unemployment which haunted his first term to beat Republican Mitt Romney. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad        (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

        The president faces a long and familiar set of challenges after riding a wave of support from moderates, women and minorities to victory.
      • Republicans kept a lock on the U.S. House of Representatives, a crucial victory after the party failed to wrest away the presidency from Barack Obama and the Senate from the Democrats.