12 cringe-worthy moments in debate history

POSTED: 9:59 AM Oct 02 2012   UPDATED: 10:28 AM Oct 02 2012

As the first presidential debate nears, look back at 12 cringe-worthy moments in debate history.

Cringeworthy - Bush Gore
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Gore's Sighing -- During the presidential debates in 2000, Vice President Al Gore was widely criticized for sighing loudly and repeatedly in frustration as then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush would make points. The sighs made Gore appear condescending, and were lampooned on "Saturday Night Live."

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