[Selects of presidential debate 10/11/(1992)]

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Two questions and partial responses from the presidential debate that took place on October 11, 1992. The tape begins at the end of Bush's response to an unknown question. The floor is then turned over to Perot for his response to the same question. Apparently, the question asked had to do with political experience, or one or both of the other candidates questioned Perot's experience in their response, because Perot responds with witty remarks about his experience: "Well, they've got a point. I don't have any experience running up a 4 trillion dollar debt. I don't have any experience in gridlock government where nobody takes responsibility for anything and everybody blames everybody else...I've got a lot of experience in not taking ten years to solve a ten minute problem...I've got a lot of experience in figuring out how to solve problems, making the solutions work, and then moving on to the next one."

The next question asked by Lehrer is posed to Bush: “Are there important issues of character separating you from these other two men?” In his response, Bush attacks Clinton’s character, specifically Clinton’s involvement in organizing Vietnam-era demonstrations: “against his own country on foreign land…it’s a question of character and judgment…” Clinton responds: “When Joe McCarthy went around this country attacking people’s patriotism, he was wrong…and a Senator from Connecticut stood up to him, named Prescott Bush. Your father was right to stand up to Joe McCarthy. You were wrong to attack my patriotism. I was opposed to the war but I love my country… We need a president who’ll bring this country together, not divide it.”



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