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President George H.W. Bush . Exploring American History Unit VIII - 1970’s - Today. Election of 1988. Election of 1988 Candidates : Republican- George W. Bush Democrat- Michael Dukakis Issues - Problems of the Reagan administration. Iran-Contra Affair. Campaign -

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president george h w bush

President George H.W. Bush

Exploring American History

Unit VIII - 1970’s - Today

election of 1988
Election of 1988
  • Election of 1988
    • Candidates:
      • Republican- George W. Bush
      • Democrat- Michael Dukakis
    • Issues - Problems of the Reagan administration. Iran-Contra Affair.
    • Campaign-
      • Bush controversy in choosing Dan Quayle as V.P.
      • Dukakis snubs Jessie Jackson (Black) for Bentsen.
      • Willie Horton and Dukakis
      • Very Negative campaign with a number of Political Action Committees (PAC) money.
    • Outcome- Bush wins 54% to 46%, but the Democrats won the majority in Congress.
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President George H. W. Bush
  • 41st President- 1989-1993- Republican
  • Who was he?
  • Inauguration Speech
    • “Read my lips. No new taxes.”
    • “Thousand points of light” volunteers
    • Campaign against drugs.
  • Problems faced
    • Large budget deficit and national debt that had tripled under Reagan
    • Savings and Loan collapse- $500 Billion from taxpayers to cover losses.
    • Energy department cleanup of nuclear waste- $200 billion
    • Exxon Valdez oil spill
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President George H. W. Bush
  • Foreign Affairs and Problems
    • End of Cold War and changes in Europe.
    • Tianamen Square in China
    • Berlin Wall falls
    • START I signed
    • Invasion of Panama- “Operation Just Cause”
    • Persian Gulf War- “Operation Desert Storm”- 38 days and 100 hours on the ground.
    • Lifts sanctions against South Africa
    • Aid package to former Soviet Union.
  • Domestic Affairs and Problems
    • Bush raises taxes
    • Inflation soaring
    • Anti- Drug Laws
    • Americans with Disabilities Act
    • Bill to reduce federal budget
    • Fair labor standards amendment
    • Immigration Act of 1990
operation desert storm
Operation Desert Storm
  • August 2 Iraq invades Kuwait.
  • August 5 President Bush declares invasion "will not stand."
  • November 29 UN Security Council authorizes use of "all means necessary" to eject Iraq from Kuwait.
  • January 12 Congress authorizes use of force.
  • January 17 Allied attack begins with Apache strike at 2:38 A.M.
  • February 24 Ground attack begins. Schwarzkopf decides to accelerate main attack of VII Corps by fifteen hours.
  • February 26 Iraqis flee Kuwait City. VII Corps hits Republican Guard in Battle of 73 Easting. February 28 Cease-fire takes effect at 8 A.M.
  • June 8 Victory parade in Washington.
election of 1992
Election of 1992
  • Election of 1992
    • Candidates:
      • Republican- George W. Bush
      • Democrat- William Clinton
      • Reform Party- Ross Perot
    • Issues - primarily around economic issues and the end of the Cold War.
    • Campaign-
      • The third party candidacy of Ross Perot was a true wild card in the campaign. Perot, a self made billionaire, ran a one-issue campaign - deficit reduction.
      • Clinton’s image of youth convinced many to vote for him.
    • Outcome- Clinton wins close race 43%to 38% and 370 electoral to 168.
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