Take a look back at the many meltdowns, scandals and foot-in-mouth moments of politicians through history.
At the first presidential debate of the 2012 campaign season, it wasn’t so much what President Barack Obama said, but what he didn’t that was the problem. Obama seemed disengaged in the debate and made more than a few Democrats’ jaws drop by not going after Romney on a variety of issues. He recovered, giving better performances at the next two debates and ultimately winning the election.
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