Friday, Sep. 26, 2008

Reagan's On-Air Objection

When a moderator tried to silence Ronald Reagan's microphone during a 1980 Republican primary debate that he had personally financed, Reagan shouted: "I am paying for this microphone!" The line, as NBC's Brian Williams noted, became a "political home run" for Reagan, even though it wasn't actually his. He borrowed it from the 1948 film State of the Union.