The Official 2012 Presidential Debate Drinking Game Anything

The Official 2012 Presidential Debate Drinking Game

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At long last, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will be in the same place at the same time to entertain me while I drink alcohol. The 2012 Presidential Debates are a fun series of face-offs wherein candidates talk pretty, ignore facts, and see who can tell the biggest, most blatant lies and still win the title of President of America. So much to love! And so many reasons to drink.

To play along with the 2012 election edition of the Presidential Debates Drinking Game, take a sip each time a candidate says or does one of the predictable things below.

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    A Candidate Gives a Clear, Concise Answer to the Question Asked

    A Candidate Gives a Clear, Con... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Official 2012 Presidential Debate Drinking Game
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    ...or Hell actually freezes over. Either way, take a drink.
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    Awkward Mitt Moment

    Awkward Mitt Moment is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Official 2012 Presidential Debate Drinking Game
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    At your party's discretion, but choose carefully, and drink responsibly. Small sips. This is the only time in this list that we'll say this, and there's a reason for it.

    (He's very good at making things awkward...)
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    Obama Tries to Sound Cool

    Obama Tries to Sound Cool is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Official 2012 Presidential Debate Drinking Game
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    Did you guys know that Barry likes to drink beer? Or that he knows Jay-Z? If Obama mentions something that's clearly pandering to the youth of America, take a drink.
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    A Candidate Answers a Different Question Than Was Asked

    A Candidate Answers a Differen... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Official 2012 Presidential Debate Drinking Game
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    It's hard to answer very specific questions with prepared answers.

    Drink if either candidate does this.
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    A Seemingly Irrelevant Anecdote That Takes Up Valuable Time

    A Seemingly Irrelevant Anecdot... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Official 2012 Presidential Debate Drinking Game
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    "I recently met a disabled 1st generation immigrant doctor who was the first in her family to go to college and now owns her very own small business..." and the like.
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    A Candidate Thanks Someone Not in the Studio

    A Candidate Thanks Someone Not... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Official 2012 Presidential Debate Drinking Game
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    Like our men & women in the armed forces, small business owners, or God.

    Bonus: This can be combined with almost any other item on this list for a double drink!
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    This Moment Will Be a Meme Tomorrow

    This Moment Will Be a Meme Tom... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Official 2012 Presidential Debate Drinking Game
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    Get your Photoshop toolbars ready. If someone makes a wonderful face, repeats something over and over again, or makes a small part of television / Internet history during this debate, then take a drink.

    (This is a favorite Romney meme. Let's hope for more.)
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    Either Candidate Cracks a Joke

    Either Candidate Cracks a Joke is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Official 2012 Presidential Debate Drinking Game
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    ...(even better) or tries to and fails. This can be combined with Awkward Mitt Moment and Obama Tries to Sound Cool.

    Bonus: If the audience actually Ls OL, then take another drink.
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    Inappropriate or Politically Incorrect Cutaway to Audience Member

    Inappropriate or Politically I... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Official 2012 Presidential Debate Drinking Game
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    A candidate says something vaguely related to a friend in the audience or a particular ethnic/interest group, then someone in the audience is singled out by the TV producer - who then tells his crew to close up on them before the candidate finishes his sentence.

    Bonus: The same non-white audience-member is on screen more than once
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    A Candidate Mentions a Former President of the United States

    A Candidate Mentions a Former ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Official 2012 Presidential Debate Drinking Game
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    Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Nixon, Hayes...
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    A Candidate Shoehorns in a Buzzword (or Term)

    A Candidate Shoehorns in a Buz... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Official 2012 Presidential Debate Drinking Game
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    Any of the greatest hits: "Terrorism," "Obamacare," "Romneycare," "The Real America," "Bin Laden," "Better Off Four Years Ago"

    Clarification: The shoehorned buzzword may not be relevant to the question asked.
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    Actually Inspiring Rhetoric

    Actually Inspiring Rhetoric is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Official 2012 Presidential Debate Drinking Game
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    If a candidate says something you truly believe in (and think he will actually stand behind if elected), then you must take a drink.

    Bonus: If this restores your faith in American politics, take a drink and 'cheers' the nearest American flag.
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    A Candidate Cites a Statistic That Sounds Made-Up

    A Candidate Cites a Statistic ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Official 2012 Presidential Debate Drinking Game
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    Fact: 73% of all things said in debates are pure hogwash. Drink if you hear a number that doesn't seem quite right.
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    A Candidate Forgets Something

    A Candidate Forgets Something is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Official 2012 Presidential Debate Drinking Game
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    Like the technical term for "tip-of-the-tongue syndrome" (and now you're going to Google that).
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    BURN

    BURN is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Official 2012 Presidential Debate Drinking Game
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    Get that guy some ointment.

    If a candidate turns a mean phrase or clearly owns their opponent verbally, then drink. You'll know when this happens.
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    Romney Tries to Seem Human

    Romney Tries to Seem Human is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Official 2012 Presidential Debate Drinking Game
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    This does not apply when he mentions his car elevator, but when he tries to make it seem like he had any trouble gaining wealth and success. Or when he mentions his hardworking wife.

    Bonus: This may be combined with A Candidate Mentions a Member of His Family for a double drink!
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    A Candidate Mentions a Member of His Family

    A Candidate Mentions a Member ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Official 2012 Presidential Debate Drinking Game
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    Bonus: If it's one of his own parents, drink twice.
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    Either Candidate Blatantly Dodges a Question

    Either Candidate Blatantly Dod... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Official 2012 Presidential Debate Drinking Game
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    Absolutely no effort is put toward answering the question asked.

    Bonus: This can be combined with A Candidate Answers a Different Question That Was Asked and A Seemingly Irrelevant Anecdote That Takes Up Valuable Time for a triple drink!
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    Euphemism for a Controversial Topic

    Euphemism for a Controversial ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Official 2012 Presidential Debate Drinking Game
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    You know, so nobody thinks too much about icky things like abortion or gay rights.
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    Wardrobe Malfunction - Finish Your Drink

    Wardrobe Malfunction - Finish ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Official 2012 Presidential Debate Drinking Game
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    ...and then head straight for the Internet. Enjoy the debates!
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