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Bill Clinton & George W. Bush. Mr. Ermer U.S. History Honors Miami Beach Senior high. Election of 1992. Cable news media plays large role, 24-hour news cycle Three person race between President Bush, Democrat Bill Clinton, and independent Ross Perot

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Bill clinton george w bush

Bill Clinton & George W. Bush

Mr. Ermer

U.S. History Honors

Miami Beach Senior high

Election of 1992
Election of 1992

  • Cable news media plays large role, 24-hour news cycle

  • Three person race between President Bush, Democrat Bill Clinton, and independent Ross Perot

    • Bush enters campaign with 86% approval rating after Gulf War victory

      • Popularity fades as recession worsens in late 1991

    • Clinton unites Democrats behind economic issues, not social

    • Perot promises leadership on fiscal crisis as populist conservative

  • Grassroots campaigns motivate people to vote

  • Perot pulls 19% of the popular vote

  • Clinton wins election with 43% to Bush’s 38

Clinton s first term
Clinton’s First Term

  • Democrats in Congress weak, Republicans united

  • 1993: Clinton meets resistance policies and appointments

    • Resistance lifting ban on gays and women in the military

    • Whitewater Scandal

  • Increases taxes on wealthiest Americans, cuts gov’t spending

    • Budget also included tax credits for poorest Americans

  • North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

  • Appoints Hillary Rodham Clinton to reform healthcare

    • Healthcare reform fails amidst staunch Republican opposition

  • Successful intervention in Bosnia

  • 1994 mid-term election, Republicans gain control of both houses of Congress for first time in 40 years

    • New Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich leads Republicans on radical agenda

Election of 1996
Election of 1996

  • 1995: Republicans move to more conservative agenda

    • Scale back federal regulation, transfer other powers to states

    • Medicare reform

    • Greatly reduce federal spending, balance the budget

  • Clinton moves his own agenda more to the center

    • Moves own agenda to center: cut taxes, balance budget

      • “The era of big government is over”~ President Clinton

  • Congressional Republicans unwilling to compromise

    • Government shuts down in November 1995, January of 1996

    • Shut-downs discredit Gingrich and Republicans heading into election

  • Republicans nominate Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas, Perot back

    • Clinton surging in popularity after shift to the center

    • Economy booming, world at peace, federal deficit shrinking

    • Clinton signs Social Security reform, raises minimum wage

  • Clinton wins with 49%, Dole 41%, Perot 8%

The rise and fall of bill clinton
The Rise and Fall of Bill Clinton

  • Republicans remain in control of Congress

  • Clinton and Congress work together on economy

    • Cut taxes for middle class Americans for education

    • Balance the federal budget, deficit becomes a surplus

      • Government makes more money than it spend for first time in 30 yrs.

  • Monica Lewinsky Scandal

    • President denies, then admits he lied to Kenneth Starr

    • Clinton impeached by Congress, for perjury and obstructing justice, only second presidential impeachment in US history

    • Clinton acquitted in impeachment trial, remains in office

  • Kosovo Crisis

  • Clinton ends presidency more popular than he began