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Oops! The most cringe-worthy presidential debate flubs in history

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amny-perry Credit: Rick Perry at Wednesday night's debate/Getty

Rick Perry's unforgettable brain fart during Wednesday night's primary debate is far from the first of such campaign-changing mess-ups. Here are some of the more memorable presidential debate flubs from the years:

2010 Arizona governor’s debate: Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) fell silent for a full 10 seconds ... during her opening statement.

 

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2008 Democratic primary debate: Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) says he once saw a UFO. Lots of people have! Or so he claims: "More people in this country have seen UFOs than I think approve of George Bush's presidency." Okay, Dennis. Okay.

 

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2000 presidential debate: Vice President Al Gore struts up like a cowboy to opponent George W. Bush, appearing to try to intimidate him. Bush delivers the most subtle fatal blow ever: he nods. Checkmate, Al.

 

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1992 vice-presidential debate: Admiral James Stockdale, running with Ross Perot, gets real existential-like in his opening statement: "Who am I? Why am I here?" Deep, man.

 

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1976 presidential debate: President Gerald Ford delivers the original horrifying debate gaffe saying Poland is "independent and autonomous” from the U.S.S.R. He later adds: "There is no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe, and there never will be under a Ford administration." (For the kids: He was, er, a little off-base.)

 

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And of course, Perry's entry in the annals of debate flubs:

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