Days ahead of the New Hampshire Republican primary in 1980, then-Gov. Ronald Reagan's campaign sponsored a debate in Nashua to reinvigorate his campaign. Although he was an early favorite to clinch the nomination, he had recently lost the Iowa caucuses to George H.W. Bush, who claimed to be gaining momentum.
Before the debate began, there was a behind-the-scenes discussion of who would be included on stage. As this question was being discussed, the moderator, John Breen, instructed technical support support to cut off Reagan's microphone.
"I am paying for this microphone, Mr. Green," Reagan replied, insisting that he be allowed to speak.
Reagan's remark was well received by the audience and helped boost his primary campaign. The former president himself even credits the moment for playing a role in sending him to the White House.
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