President Obama and Mitt Romney will face off in their third and final debate tonight. To celebrate, we present some of our favorite moments from the Senate race debates over the past month or so (check out our favorite House debate moments here):
-- Powered Out: Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., and his Democratic challenger Rep. Shelley Berkley held one debate during a hailstorm. Just as Heller was talking energy policy -- "We need to go after our own oil, our own coal, our own natural gas, our own alternative energy..." the power went out. "We could use some now," said Berkley.
-- Biden His Time: When former GOP Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson and Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin faced off last week, the vice presidential debate seemed to be fresh in the Republican's mind -- he called his opponent "Joe Biden."
"If you want to interrupt me, Joe Biden, just give me a chance," said Thompson.
-- 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
"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
" an empty chair when GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch
would not agree to a debate.