The "I love you, Mr Lange" moment.
Part one of three from this televised debate.
Part two of three from this televised debate.
Part three of three from this televised debate.
The credits for this televised debate.
Six days out from the 1984 snap election, PM Sir Robert Muldoon and Leader of the Opposition David Lange face off across a table in a TVNZ leaders’ debate chaired by Ian Johnstone. A tired Muldoon, on the back foot since calling the election two weeks earlier, attempts to claim the high ground of experience in office and on the international stage; but he is no match for Lange’s deftness and gravitas — his parting shot of "I love you, Mr Lange" is one of the more remarkable moments in NZ political history.
I love you, Mr Lange– Sir Robert Muldoon’s parting shot