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Presidential Debate Drinking Games

Posted: 10/18/2012 10:02 am

The economy. Equal pay for women. What color tie the President and Governor Romney are sporting. There's a lot to focus on during these televised presidential debates.

The sparring can get even more lively if you're adding alcohol into the mix in the form of debate drinking games, which I recently learned about from my daughter -- a college sophomore. Hmmm, I wondered. We're paying all this money for her to drink her way through the debate, while my 7th grader is diligently watching and taking notes for his social studies homework...

I suppose if I were in college I, too, might be listening to the diverging opinions on healthcare and homeland security in the same way. In other words: Drink when you hear "Obamacare"; chug when you hear mention of Al Qaeda; sip continuously if a candidate goes over his allotted response time.

This Monday evening, Obama and Romney will face off for their third bout, this time in Florida. And from what I can tell, there are some debate drinking game rules that are bipartisan, such as the ones touted on CollegeHumor.com. This website had a long list of potential drinking cues, with at least one reserved for abstaining. Here are some highlights:

• Take a sip every time Obama starts a sentence with "Look..."
• Take a sip every time Mitt Romney awkwardly chuckles.
• Take a sip every time a candidate refers to his wife.
• Politely refrain from drinking every time Mormonism is mentioned.
• Take a shot and then two more any time Mitt Romney makes a genuinely funny joke.
• If you agree with everything a particular candidate says, finish your Kool-Aid.

If you'd rather not cross the aisle during the debate and want to stick with and drink to your preferred candidate, another website offers a different set of rules. On DebateDrinking.com, you pick a candidate and drink when hear the following: For Obama, you'd take a swig when you hear the president utter, "Let me be clear," "middle class," and "loopholes," for example. While for Romney, you'll throw one back when you hear "small business," "unemployment," and "Reagan."

You get the picture. All I know is that come October 22nd, I'll likely be counting the number of times the candidates mention their wives or the term "Mormonism," hoping my daughter is safely studying in the library rather than "watching" the debate.

 
 
 

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