The debate in video

Key moments from the first debate

By Jillian Rayfield
October 4, 2012 6:15PM (UTC)
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What were the biggest takeaways from last night's presidential debate? Here are those moments, in video:

Obama and Romney debate ObamaCare:

Obama and Romney debate tax plans:


A mash-up of Jim Lehrer getting cut off:


And, the most entertaining moment of the night, Mitt Romney dissing Big Bird:



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Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at

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