We love presidential debates: the theatrics, the clearly rehearsed talking points, moderator Jim Lehrer! But we also love the chance it provides to drink (we’re talking about watching politicians talk for 90 minutes, here).
So here’s b’s official 2012 Presidential Debate Drinking Game ™. Because sometimes you need a little booze when listening to politicians talk about domestic issues back and forth.
Osama bin Laden is mentioned (even though the debate will focus on domestic policy).
If Obama smirks and looks downward when Romney criticizes him.
“Main Street” and “Wall Street” are used in the same sentence.
Ronald Reagan is mentioned
Bill Clinton is mentioned
Either candidate specifically mentions a swing state. Any swing state. Drink twice if it’s Ohio.
Romney uses the phrase “secure our borders” when describing his immigration policy.
Obama uses the phrase “path to citizenship and college” when describing his immigration policy.
Obama uses the phrase “War on women.”
Romney condemns Roe v. Wade
Every time Romney says “debt”
Every time Obama says “car industry”
Jim Lehrer says “time.”
The words “school voucher” are said.
Every time “middle-class Americans” is said.
Take a shot if:
Mitt Romney takes time to name all his children.
Random mention of Ann Romney’s love for dressage.
Random shot at Joe Biden
Romney uses the word “wimpy” to describe Obama’s handling of U.S. troops.
Romney pounces on Obama’s “Washington insider” gaffe
Obama pounces on anything Romney has said when he’s opened his mouth for the past two weeks.
Social Security discussion gets a Paul Ryan shout-out!
Finish your drink if:
This one word is mentioned: Romneycare
This one word is mentioned: Obamacare
Every time Planned Parenthood is mentioned
Rising gas prices are mentioned, followed by something about drilling in Alaska.
Somehow Paul Ryan’s P90X routine makes it into the conversation.
Random Clint Eastwood cameo
“Death panel” is said.
b's Obama vs. Romney presidential debate drinking game
Oh, it's on! (Getty / October 3, 2012)