Alfred E. Smith Dinner-VIDEO: Obama, Romney try out stand-up routines at charity event.
Obama, Romney Trade Jokes at Charity Dinner
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Oct. 19 2012 9:28 AM

Who Was Funnier at Last Night's Alfred Smith Dinner: Romney or Obama?

Mitt Romney and President Obama shake hands during the 67th annual Al Smith dinner at the Waldorf Astoria hotel Thursday night

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President Obama and Mitt Romney were in New York City last night for the annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, the Catholic Archdiocese of New York’s white-tie charity benefit that makes headlines every four years when the presidential candidates drop their talking points for an evening and try out their best stand-up routines.

This year's event came two days after what has been widely described as one of—if not the—most combative and contentious presidential debates in modern American history, so the (relatively) lighthearted banter stood out that much more.


Yes, the event was for charity, but this is still politics we're talking about, so there's always a winner and a loser. Watch the videos below and decide for yourself. Then take to the comments and let us know.



Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 

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