Ronald Reagan
  • WASHINGTON (AP) — They spend hours mastering policy, learning to lean on the podium just so, perfecting the best way to label their opponents as liars without whining.

    But presidential candidates and their running mates often find that campaign debates turn on unplanned zingers, gaffes or gestures that speak volumes.

    Debate victories and losses often are scored based on the overall impressions that candidates leave with voters.

    In the history books, though, small moments often end up telling the broader story.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 08, 2012, 9:00 PM EST
  • In this Aug. 27, 2008, file photo, former President Bill Clinton speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

    The way Democrats and Republicans treat their ex-presidents at convention time reflects how well each has weathered changing party politics.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 06, 2012, 8:00 AM EST