10/02/2012 12:45 pm ET

Painfully Awkward Debate Moments Throughout History (VIDEOS)

As the first presidential debate between President Barack Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney draws close, the stakes are higher than ever. Will Wednesday's meeting in Denver provide an opportunity for Obama to land a knock out blow on a struggling Romney? Is it a chance for Romney to rebound and catapult his slumping campaign back into the lead? Whatever happens, we know both candidates will be doing their best to avoid anything resembling any of the excruciating moments below.

Scroll through our list of painfully awkward debate mishaps and vote on which one makes you squirm the most.

Painfully Awkard Debate Moments