We're just hours away from CNN's first presidential debate of the 2012 political season. As we wait to see who breaks out, who chokes and who's overshadowed, take a look at some of the most witty debate moments of all time. Watch "The Great Communicator's" quick quips and John McCain joke about his torturous past.
Watch politics heat up at the New Hampshire GOP presidential debate, as hopefuls battle it out on issues that could affect the course of the 2012 campaign. It all happens tonight at 8 pm ET on CNN, CNN.com Live and our mobile apps.
Age before inexperience – Critics hammered Ronald Reagan about his age during his presidential runs. So, he must have known the question would come up during a debate and he was ready. Don't let his age fool you; the GOP nominee was ready to tackle challengers of all ages.
Who is this guy, anyway? – The 1992 election season was full of unscripted, funny and colorful moments. One of the most laughable came from third-party vice presidential candidate Adm. James Stockdale. In his introduction, he posed existential questions to which even he didn't seem to know the answer.
All tied up – Two things are synonymous with Sen. John McCain: his maverick style and his POW history. He used both to his advantage during a 2007 debate where he ripped Democrat Hillary Clinton for supporting spending on a museum commemorating Woodstock. He was pretty sure it was an awesome concert, but couldn't attend because he was tied up at the time.