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Why was Bill Clinton able to win the Presidential elections of 1992 and 1996?

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´╗┐Holly-Beth Hanbury 12.4 ?Why was Bill Clinton able to win the Presidential elections of 1992 and 1996?? There are a multitude of factors that justify and rationalize Bill Clinton?s election successes in 1992 and 1996; in 1992 his rhetoric capability and empathy, in stark contrast with his opponent?s, George H. W. Bush, aloof, distant manner contributed somewhat to Clinton?s Presidential election. In 1996, it seems it was Clinton?s unfaltering charm and his talent for oratory that secured his second term in office against Bob Dole?s poorly calculated proposed economic policies. However, as always there are a plethora of reasons as to how Clinton achieved his two electoral wins. Clinton accused his adversary, George H. W. Bush, of not doing enough to help the middle classes and of being ?out of touch? with the average man, a notion reinforced at the second presidential debate when an African American woman asked the candidates how the national debt had affected their lives. If it had not, she asked, how could they expect to find a cure for the economic problems of ordinary people? ...read more.


a criminal from his home state of Arkansas who gunned two men down and proceeded to shot himself; the shot didn?t kill him and he was sustained in a vegetative state. He adopted a ?triangulation strategy?, meaning he tentatively balanced liberalism and conservatism, he was pro gay rights but contradictorily opposed to gay marriage; pro affirmative action but against racial quotas. Clinton also put forth the idea of altering the welfare system and linking its benefits to those who work in order to gain them, so that the welfare system would ?cease to be a way of life? for many of the unemployed. This is an act which he later, in 1996, passed and its passage improved Clinton?s ratings in his 1996 re-election campaign. These bold policies made for a change after Bush?s strict vetoing of many domestic acts during his presidency and may have contributed to Clinton?s election as president in 1992. Clinton earned the nickname ?Slick Willie? after he managed to emerge seemingly unscathed from two scandals that surfaced during his campaign?news broke that Clinton had had a long-term relationship with a nightclub singer, from Arkansas, called Gennifer Flowers. ...read more.


By placating both the Old and New Democrats, Clinton, managed to maintain his party?s trust in him and ensured the votes of the Democratic voters, who saw a resolved party. To summarise, Clinton?s election successes relied on several factors including his undeniably public speaking skills, his ability to materialize from scandal unmarked, his ability to engage and secure the trust of the average American and his clear policies. What I believe is the most prevalent cause of both of his Presidential elections was that his adversaries were both utterly unsuited to the role of President. Bush lacked empathy and as stated by Richard Rose in ?The Post-modern Presidency: Bush Meets the World?, Bush was not a President, rather a ?guardian? doing ?a limited number of things that are obligations of the Oval Office and refraining from actions that expand the role of government?. Whilst the public doubted the factuality of Dole?s economic policies and lost a substantial amount of voters once he announced that he was against abortions. Compared to Bush and Dole, Clinton was the only viable and practical choice. Clinton may have made some mistakes during his presidency but rather it be him who made a few minor issues arise than someone as incompetent as Bush or Dole. ...read more.

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