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9 favorite Crossfire moments
September 6th, 2013
03:19 PM ET

9 favorite Crossfire moments

Since the 1982 launch of CNN's Crossfire, there have been plenty of unforgettable moments, including some memorable faces. Thirty-one years later, we recount nine of our favorite Crossfire moments, from passionate debates to settled bets.

Crossfire returns to CNN on Monday, September 9 at 6:30 p.m. ET.

1. Frank Zappa on dirty song lyrics (1986)

Musician Frank Zappa, cleaned up in a suit and tie, engaged in a fiery debate about dirty song lyrics.

2. Then-Congressman-elect Paul Ryan (1998)

As we started pulling these tapes off the shelf, we were surprised to find so many guests who went on to become household names. In his 1998 appearance, Paul Ryan had not even begun his first term in Congress.

3. James Carville hides in a trash can (2002)

Then-host James Carville responded to the 2002 Democratic mid-term election losses in a way only Carville could.

4. Rush Limbaugh on burning the flag (1990)

In this clip, a "burning" debate raged between talk show hosts Rush Limbaugh and Bob Lassiter over the right to burn the flag.

5. Intense moment with anti-government group MOVE (1985)

During a 1985 eviction fight, Philadelphia police dropped a bomb on a row house occupied by a group called MOVE. Six months later, MOVE member Louise James Africa appeared on Crossfire to defend the group against allegations it threw garbage in the street.

6. Ku Klax Klan Grand Wizard makes an appearance (1982)

CNN’s Crossfire never has – and never will – shy away from controversy. Sooner or later, anyone who works on Crossfire hears about a 1982 episode where the guest’s views offended the hosts – and we warn you, those views are no less offensive or repugnant now, 31 years later.

7. Tucker Carlson eats Hillary Clinton's "shoe" (2003)

One of the biggest surprises occurred when host Tucker Carlson promised to eat his shoes if Hillary Clinton sold a million copies of her autobiography. She delivered.

8. Ambassador to the UN Jeane Kirkpatrick on the Middle East (1988)

Twenty-five years ago, U.N. Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick said something about the Middle East, including Syria, that’s as true now as it was when she said it.

9. Communist candidate discusses bid for VP (1984)

Activist and Communist party candidate for vice president Angela Davis appeared on Crossfire to discuss communism in America.

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  2. coomason

    My favorite featured Jon Stewart. If you recall, and you can find it on youtube, after his guest stint, Crossfire went off the air. It should have stayed there.

    October 8, 2013 at 11:39 am | Reply
  3. ShunkW

    I can't believe you would leave out what I thought was easily the funniest moment ever on Crossfire when Bob Novak walked out and said "That's bullshit...Good night everybody". It was kind of the beginning of the end for Novak and Crossfire. I almost fell out of my chair laughing. Nothing compares in my book.

    September 11, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Reply
  4. Bubberella

    Do Not Want

    September 10, 2013 at 10:18 am | Reply
  5. chrishavranek

    So no Jon Stewart clip? This must feel very authentic at the CNN offices.

    September 9, 2013 at 10:26 pm | Reply
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    September 9, 2013 at 9:53 pm | Reply
  7. Michael

    The omission of Jon Stewart's appearance is incredibly cowardly. I loved the show, and you know what? That was my favorite moment. It was like the end of Don Quixote.

    September 9, 2013 at 8:18 pm | Reply
  8. Elizabeth

    With this omission of the Jon Stewart episode, Crossfire has insulted our intelligence before a single airing of the reboot.

    September 9, 2013 at 7:15 pm | Reply
    • Revenant Shadow

      My sentiments exactly. Why in the world would the best installment of the series be excluded?

      September 9, 2013 at 7:35 pm | Reply
  9. Kay hansonburner

    Jon Stewart did it once, he can do it again. I think he should be your first guest.

    September 9, 2013 at 7:11 pm | Reply
  10. Adam Harrison

    My favorite moment was when Jon Stewart was on the show.

    September 9, 2013 at 6:41 pm | Reply
  11. Rob

    Newt in the Paul Ryan bit sums up what is wrong with politics when he refers to new politicians as "stars of the future". Why are politicians "stars" we need to get back to the day when they were thought as elected public servants.

    September 9, 2013 at 6:24 pm | Reply
  12. Matt

    This is pathetic, CNN. Just ignore the fact that Jon Stewart exposed the show for the trash that it is and did the world a favor by leading to its cancellation.

    September 9, 2013 at 5:36 pm | Reply
  13. John

    ' cowardly not to show Jon Stewart. I don't want this right wing reboot and will never watch it.

    September 9, 2013 at 5:32 pm | Reply
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