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On October 13, 1992, Admiral James Stockdale, a virtual unknown to all those outside military ranks, stood in the vice presidential debate as the running mate for independent candidate Ross Perot. In his opening statement, Admiral Stockdale looked into the camera and with trembling voice and unsettled nerves made the first statement of his political career saying, "Who am I? Why am I here?" It brought great laughter and rousing applause, as virtually all America was interested in the answer to that question!

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