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The Bush Years Does George Bush continue the “Reagan Revolution”?
1988 Election • 1988: Election between VP George Bush and Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis • Critics say Bush to “weak” to follow in Reagan’s footsteps • Dukakis argues Reagan ran up debt, Bush has no plan • Bush promises a kinder, gentler nation and a no new tax pledge • Bush goes on the attack in campaign commercials • Makes Dukakis seem weak on defense and crime http://www.livingroomcandidate.org/commercials/1988 Q: What negatives are said about Dukakis in each commercial?
The Bush Presidency • Nov 1988: Bush easily wins the election • 1991: Soviet Union collapses, becomes Russia and 14 independent republics • Bush/Russian president Boris Yeltsin declare end to Cold War • Bush & Yeltsin sign START, which will reduce nuclear weapons by 2/3 – Bush improves relations w/ other E. European nations Panama • Panama’s president Manuel Noriega of drug trafficking • Bush sends army into Panama to capture Noriega
The Persian Gulf War • 1990: Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein invades Kuwait • 1991: Bush puts together a multi-nation UN coalition and launches “Desert Storm” • Gen Schwarzkopf & allies win decisive victory of Saddam • Map page 854 • What major targets do Iraqi missles hits? • From what country did the UN coalition invade Iraq & Kuwait? • Where were US naval forces located? • Despite winning the war, years of deficit spending were hurting economy, less defense jobs due to end of Cold War • Bush must raise taxes to pay off debt – costs him 1992 election