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Postby knapplc » Tue May 23, 2006 10:15 am

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Llody Bentsen was a U.S. Senator, Treasury Secretary (under Clinton) and Vice Presidential candidate.

I'm no fan of his and there was NO WAY I was voting for the Mondale/Bentsen ticket in 1992, but I have to give the man credit for one of the best unscripted remarks in the history of televised debate.

Bentsen was squared up against Senator J. Danforth Quayle, the Republican Veep candidate (under Bush 1). Quayle was answering the question on whether or not he was qualified to be the Vice President, and whether he was qualified to be President should Bush be killed:

Quayle: ...I have far more experience than many others that sought the office of vice president of this country. I have as much experience in the Congress as Jack Kennedy did when he sought the presidency. I will be prepared to deal with the people in the Bush administration, if that unfortunate event would ever occur.

Bentsen: Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy, I knew Jack Kennedy, Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you are no Jack Kennedy. (Prolonged boos and applause) What has to be done in a situation like that is to call in the -

Quayle: That was really uncalled for, Senator. (Shouts and applause)

Bentsen: You are the one that was making the comparison, Senator - and I'm one who knew him well. And frankly I think you are so far apart in the objectives you choose for your country that I did not think the comparison was well-taken.


Again, I'm no supporter of Bentsen's and I voted against his ticket in that election, but that was one of the funniest moments in political history in the 90s, and I don't think I'll ever forget it.
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Postby moonhead » Tue May 23, 2006 10:18 am

i am a jack kennedy.

RIP.
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Postby Horizons » Tue May 23, 2006 7:08 pm

moonhead wrote:i am a jack kennedy.

RIP.

:-? ......

RIP Mr. Bentsen
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Postby knapplc » Tue May 23, 2006 10:20 pm

By the way - I just threw this together this afternoon and I was in a big hurry, but I shouldn't have been THIS FAR off:

Bentsen was Dukakis' running mate in 1988, not Mondale's in 1992.

The 1992 Democratic ticket was Clinton/Gore.

Mondale ran with Geraldine Ferraro as his Veep in 1984.


I seriously have no idea how I could have been that wrong on this one.

:-* :-B
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Postby The_Dude » Thu May 25, 2006 11:35 am

knapplc wrote:By the way - I just threw this together this afternoon and I was in a big hurry, but I shouldn't have been THIS FAR off:

Bentsen was Dukakis' running mate in 1988, not Mondale's in 1992.

The 1992 Democratic ticket was Clinton/Gore.

Mondale ran with Geraldine Ferraro as his Veep in 1984.


I seriously have no idea how I could have been that wrong on this one.

:-* :-B


Its a good thing I haven't been around lately or I would have skewered you on this one knapp.

Really, in retrospect you'd re-live the read-my-lips Presidency in lieu of Dukakis/Bentsen? Well, I guess there's no accounting for taste. ;-D

Funniest part of this campaign was this though...


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Postby knapplc » Thu May 25, 2006 12:30 pm

The_Dude wrote:
knapplc wrote:By the way - I just threw this together this afternoon and I was in a big hurry, but I shouldn't have been THIS FAR off:

Bentsen was Dukakis' running mate in 1988, not Mondale's in 1992.

The 1992 Democratic ticket was Clinton/Gore.

Mondale ran with Geraldine Ferraro as his Veep in 1984.


I seriously have no idea how I could have been that wrong on this one.

:-* :-B


Its a good thing I haven't been around lately or I would have skewered you on this one knapp.

Really, in retrospect you'd re-live the read-my-lips Presidency in lieu of Dukakis/Bentsen? Well, I guess there's no accounting for taste. ;-D

Funniest part of this campaign was this though...

General Dukakis


I think Duke/Bents would have been no better and no worse than Bush Sr. / Mr. Potatoe. Just different, that's all.
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Postby moonhead » Thu May 25, 2006 1:38 pm

how can you forget the tank? one of the largest political blunders in recent memory. welcome to the machine. i'm not sure what was worse, the tank or hearing john kerry saying he would "hunt down and KILL the terrorists" at every turn. democrats are made out to be softies and then have to overcompensate by acting like buffoons. american politics makes me physically ill.
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Postby TTTBone » Thu May 25, 2006 7:03 pm

The_Dude wrote:
Really, in retrospect you'd re-live the read-my-lips Presidency in lieu of Dukakis/Bentsen? Well, I guess there's no accounting for taste. ;-D

Funniest part of this campaign was this though...


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I don't know if I'd call this funny, maybe more sad.
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Postby Goatwhacker » Thu May 25, 2006 7:33 pm

One of the worst (or best) campaign pics of all time...

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Postby knapplc » Thu May 25, 2006 10:17 pm

Goatwhacker wrote:One of the worst (or best) campaign pics of all time...

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Errrrr... I somehow missed this - what was he doing? :-?
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