12 cringe-worthy moments in debate history

Published On: Oct 02 2012 09:59:57 AM EDT   Updated On: Oct 02 2012 10:28:00 AM EDT

As the first presidential debate nears, look back at 12 cringe-worthy moments in debate history.

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Ford's Communism Conundrum -- Gerald Ford stumbled in a 1976 debate with Jimmy Carter when he said there was no Soviet Union domination of Eastern Europe at the time and "there never will be under a Ford administration." When asked to clarify, Ford dug an ever deeper hole, saying each of those countries was independent and autonomous.

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