Lloyd Bentsen and Dan Quayle squared off in the 1988 vice presidential debate, which was boring until Bentsen delivered his famous "you're no Jack Kennedy" jab
Lloyd Bentsen, a longtime senator from Texas, was Mike Dukakis' pick for vice president in Dukakis' failed 1988 presidential campaign against George H.W. Bush.
Although "involved in some of the most important legislative battles of the second half of the 20th century," he is best known "for one devastating riposte he delivered an hour into a deadly dull debate between the vice presidential candidates in Omaha, Nebraska, in October 1988."
Almost as an aside, his youthful Republican opponent, Senator Dan Quayle of Indiana, remarked, "I have as much experience in the Congress as Jack Kennedy did when he sought the presidency."
Bentsen pounced. "Senator," he declared, contempt in his voice and admonition in his eyes, "I served with Jack Kennedy. I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy."