12 cringe-worthy moments in debate history

Published On: Oct 02 2012 08:59:57 AM CDT   Updated On: Oct 02 2012 09:28:00 AM CDT

As the first presidential debate nears, look back at 12 cringe-worthy moments in debate history.

Cringeworthy - James Stockdale
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Stockdale's 'Why Am I Here?' -- Adm. James Stockdale, a prisoner of war in Vietnam, introduced himself to the country during the 1992 vice presidential debate by joking "Who am I? Why am I here?" The audience laughed. But the strange use of a rhetorical question became known as the "Stockdale Moment."

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