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4 of The Worst Presidential Debate Gaffes Ever

How high are the stakes in tonight's Democratic 2020 debate? Just ask these 4 candidates who would probably wish they could forget these embarrassing presidential debate gaffes. 😂

Counting down the top 4 biggest gaffes in presidential debate history.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry leads the Department of Energy—the agency Perry wanted to abolish but infamously forgot to name during a 2011 presidential debate. “It’s three agencies of government, when I get there, that are gone—Commerce, Education and the, um, what’s the third one there? Let’s see,” Perry said during a Republican presidential debate in November 2011. As Perry stumbled to think of the answer, Mitt Romney chimed in to suggest the Environmental Protection Agency, while Ron Paul suggested he actually meant to cut five agencies. “But you can’t name the third one?” CNBC moderator John Harwood asked. He later identified the Department of Energy as the agency he had been trying to name.

A question on the high rate of HIV infection among African American teens triggered the sprightliest exchange when Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware said: "I spent last summer going through the black sections of my town, holding rallies in parks, trying to get black men to understand it is not unmanly to wear a condom, getting women to understand they can say no, getting people in the position where testing matters. I got tested for AIDS. I know Barack got tested for AIDS." At that, Obama shot Biden a you've-got-to-be-kidding glance. A television camera caught the Rev. Al Sharpton in the audience looking appalled. (That January, Biden nearly derailed his campaign by referring to Obama as the first "clean" and "articulate" African American to seek the presidency.) When the laughter died down and it was his turn to speak, Obama countered: "I want to make clear, I got tested with Michelle…. I don't want any confusion here about what's going on." Obama and his wife, Michelle, both took HIV tests on a visit last year to Kenya, a gesture meant to show there was no stigma in being screened for the virus.

President George H. W. Bush on what he was thinking as he checked his wristwatch on camera in the midst of a 1992 presidential debate with Bill Clinton and Ross Perot. It was the telltale sign of a man made uneasy—or, at least, bored—by an audience member's question about how a deep recession had personally affected him. The then president's display of impatience seemed to speak volumes more than his awkward response. "Of course, you feel it when you're president of the United States; that's why I'm trying to do something about it," Bush said after he'd checked the watch and straightened his suit jacket, "by stimulating the export, vesting more, better education system."

In the Second Presidential Debate 2012: Romney and Obama sparred over when the president referred to Libya attack as terrorism. "I want to make sure we get that for the record because it took the president 14 days before he called the attack in Benghazi an act of terror."

Obama infamously replied "Get the transcript."

Brut.

06/26/2019 10:42 PMupdated: 02/20/2020 10:05 PM
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67 comments

  • Frank M.
    02/29/2020 18:17

    She is a fat broad

  • Ramon F.
    02/29/2020 13:50

    HeS rasist

  • Paul N.
    02/29/2020 09:17

    That first line caught me off guard lol. I really thought she was talking about Trump like "when he say that?"

  • Daniel M.
    02/28/2020 18:23

    Laughable candidates

  • Lois A.
    02/27/2020 20:30

    He has his faults, yes he definitely does, but so do you Elizabeth Warren. You are not an Indian and you used that to make your way through so many avenues in your life. And your "I was a pregnant special education teacher" story doesn't pan out either. There are many other lies and half truths. Let's face it, there are faults all around in this election.

  • John Q.
    02/27/2020 06:10

    The candidates should try to remember that in a mud throwing contest it's not how much mud you throw, it's how much sticks to you.

  • Laurel Z.
    02/26/2020 22:17

    E N U F!!!!!

  • Carl F.
    02/26/2020 20:24

    Sounds like Trump and Bloomberg feel the same about women! Let them fight it out in November..

  • Luisa C.
    02/26/2020 16:17

    And this is important to America because, people like Ms. Warren probably called people horrible names yrs.ago.

  • Kevin S.
    02/25/2020 20:12

    All clowns TRUMP 2020

  • Ron B.
    02/25/2020 16:01

    Indian on a warpath

  • Jarrod P.
    02/25/2020 14:33

    Go Trump🇺🇸🇺🇸

  • Joanne S.
    02/25/2020 14:08

    Yet if he becomes the nominee she’ll have nothing but good things to say about him. Politicians are a joke.

  • Donny M.
    02/25/2020 11:26

    Trump won the debate.

  • Ed W.
    02/24/2020 23:22

    This is the only time you’ll see me praising FAUXCHAHONTAS, but she went all VLAD THE IMPALER, on mini mikey DOOMBERG! ROTFLMFAO!!!

  • Claire A.
    02/24/2020 18:35

    Were running against trump and Warren and Sanders need the h*ll outta the way and let Biden beat him and beat him HUGE

  • Vyktor Z.
    02/24/2020 17:17

    What a joke the entire democratic field is. Lol it's like watching a circus on fire.

  • Mike W.
    02/24/2020 13:03

    Democrats are gonna be upset when trump starts grooming junior this next 4 years to be president 😁

  • Charley T.
    02/24/2020 10:50

    I thought he was talking about you fake indian

  • Abdullah H.
    02/23/2020 12:36

    Warren proved that she is not yet in that level to be a presidential candidate