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FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2000 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Vice President Al Gore, left, speaks as Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. George W. Bush watches during their debate at Washington University in St. Louis. Body language speaks volumes in televised debates. Classic moments from debates past often had more to do with what the candidates did _ or didn't do _ than what they said. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke, File)

FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2000 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Vice President Al Gore, left, speaks as Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. George W. Bush watches during their debate at Washington University in St. Louis. Body language speaks volumes in televised debates. Classic moments from debates past often had more to do with what the candidates did _ or didn't do _ than what they said. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke, File)

Great debate moments

By Claudine Zap


The first debate between Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama will be held on Wednesday. While the candidates prepare their talking points, we look back at some of the more memorable moments from past presidential face-offs. A zippy zinger can get serious airplay even after the actual debate is over, but so can an ill-timed gaffe. Here, some of the top moments.