‘Why am I here?’ 5 especially memorable lines from election debates of the past

From James Stockdale to Lloyd Bentsen, debates have featured some memorable quotes

Workers assemble the television set inside the media filing center at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts where the first Democratic presidential primary debates for the 2020 elections will take place, June 25, 2019 in Miami, Florida. Twenty candidates will participate in two groups June 26 and 27. NBC News, MSNBC and Telemundo are hosting the debates. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Workers assemble the television set inside the media filing center at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts where the first Democratic presidential primary debates for the 2020 elections will take place, June 25, 2019 in Miami, Florida. Twenty candidates will participate in two groups June 26 and 27. NBC News, MSNBC and Telemundo are hosting the debates. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) (Getty Images)

With the first presidential debate set for Tuesday, both President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden will try and find any edge they can among voters as the election heads into its stretch run.

One way the candidates could stand out is with clever quotes or one-liners, which have been a significant part of U.S. political debate history.

Whether Trump or Biden add to that history remains to be seen, but here are five memorable examples of candidate quotes from debates that will never be forgotten.

'Who am I? Why am I here?'

In the 1992 presidential election, independent candidate Ross Perot had what at the time was deemed an unusual selection for his running mate, retired Navy Admiral James Stockdale.

Stockdale knew full well he didn’t have any experience as a politician, so he tried to poke a little fun at himself with a classic line during his opening statements at a vice presidential candidate debate.

“Who am I? Why am I here? I’m not a politician,” Stockdale famously said.


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