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Memorable Senate Debate Moments of 2012

October 22, 2012
-- No Brown-nosing Here: Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., rarely misses an opportunity to remind voters that his Democratic opponent is a Harvard professor, and addresses her as "professor Warren." During one of their three debates, he let loose with this (likely rehearsed) zinger: "Excuse me, I'm not a student in your classroom, let me respond." -- Stand and Deliver: During a debate last week between New Mexico Senate candidates Democratic Rep. Martin Heinrich and former GOP Rep. Heather Wilson, Wilson opted to stand while Heinrich sat. It made for some odd optics. Though the candidates had agreed to sit, Wilson's campaign said she needed to stand in order to reach the microphone. -- 50 Shades of Grey: It's one of the few woman vs. woman Senate races in the country, and the only one where this question came up: When Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., debated her longshot GOP challenger Wendy Long, the moderator asked whether either woman had read the popular novel "50 Shades of Grey." Both said they had not. Long later called the question "outlandishly sexist." -- Trolling For Votes: In what may have been the most prominent moment of his underdog campaign, Texas Democratic Senate candidate Paul Sadler called Republican nominee Ted Cruz a "troll." "What you don't do is do your job as a legislator worried that some troll will come along 10 years later or 20 years later and try to run a campaign against you," said Sadler. "I'm sorry, Mr. Sadler, you believe I'm a troll," said Cruz. -- One Man Show: Is it still a debate if only one candidate shows up? Not really, but nevertheless, Utah Democratic candidate Scott Howell "debated" an empty chair when GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch would not agree to a debate.
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