12 cringe-worthy moments in debate history

Published On: Oct 02 2012 06:59:57 AM PDT   Updated On: Oct 02 2012 07:28:00 AM PDT

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

Jan Brewer 2010
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Brewer's Brain Freeze -- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer suffered what Newsweek called a "brain freeze" during a debate with Democratic opponent state Attorney General Terry Goddard in September 2010. She "offered only vague, nonsensical statements as she giggled and tried to recall her train of thought," the magazine said.

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