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.