-- Big(gert) pause: In Illinois's 11th District, GOP Rep. Judy Biggert took a long, cringe-worthy pause when given the opportunity to ask her opponent a question -- and there's video. -- "Meltdown": Former Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, running to reclaim Arizona's 1st District, won the Arizona Republic's endorsement in 2008 and 2010. But she lost the paper's 2012 endorsement to Republican Jonathan Paton after displaying "unbounded contempt" for Paton during their meeting with the paper's editorial board. "We have seen more complete meltdowns in our board meetings," the Republic editorialized, "but never one so unexpected." -- En Español: In Texas's 23rd District, Democratic state Rep. Pete Gallego and GOP Rep. Quico Canseco held a debate entirely in Spanish, the first of its kind in Texas, according to the debate sponsors. -- Rowdy crowd: When GOP freshman Rep. Joe Walsh and Democratic opponent Tammy Duckworth faced off for the third time in Illinois's 8th District, they were egged on by a boisterous crowd that was permitted to buy liquor throughout the debate. -- Rowdy crowd, part two: Republican Rep. Allen West and his Democratic opponent Patrick Murphy are engaged in one of the nastier House races of the year. So it's no surprise that supporters in Florida's 18th District are fired up. During a debate, when Murphy criticized West for comparing Democrats to Nazis, an audience member chimed in with a measured retort: "Bullshit!"
Memorable House Debate Moments of 2012
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