History Chapter 32
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Because of Clinton's political beliefs he was labeled:
The new Democrat
What were Clinton's legislative successes?
1993 budget NAFTA, Americorps, Low income tax credits
- Health care proposal defeated
- Mid-Term elections were a disaster
What happened during clinton's mid-term elections?
- A backlash against Clinton
- Republicans win majorities in Senate and House of Reps for the first time in 40 years!!
- New speaker of the House: Newt Gingrich
- Looks like Clinton will be defeated in 1996
How does Clinton reinvent himself?
- He adopts a more conservative agenda:
- supports welfare reform bill 1996
- supports balanced budget by 2002, anti-crime bill
Factors that Boost Clinton:
- Economy starts to boom "New Economy" emerges
- PCs, Software, Internet, Cell phones: computerization of America
- Era Of Globalization
What event also caused a Boost in Clinton's popularity leading up to election of 1996?
- Oklahoma City Bombing 1995
- Budget impasse and Federal Government Shutdown Nov. 1995-Jan 1996
Election of 1996: who was involved, who won, by how much?
- Clinton v. Robert Dole
- Clinton Wins
- 49%-41% popular
- 379-159 E.C. vote
- still, republicans control house and senate!
- Clinton is first 2 term democrat since FDR
What were the scandals Clinton was involved in?
- Suicide of Clinton Advisor Vince Foster, 1993
- Whitewater real estate deal 1994
- Sexual harrassment of Paula Jones 1994
- Campaign Finance irregularities: 1996 Election
Charges leading to impeachment:
- Paula Jones Sexual Harrassment Suit, May 1994
- Clinton is questioned under oath Jan 17, 1998
- Denies affair with Monica Lewinsky
- 6 months of denials
- July, Aug 1998: clinton admits to inappropriate relationship with Lewinsky
- Reps push for impeachment
1998 Mid-term elections, importance? Results?
- Will make or break Clinton
- No big backlash against Clinton and Dems gain 5 seats in House of Reps, Gingrich resigns
Reps continue the drive for Impeachment, results?
- Two articles of Impeachment:
- Perjury: 228 Guilty -206 not guilty
- Obstruction of Justice: 221 Guilty -212 not guilty
- Clinton is first president elected to be impeached!
Senate's decision about Clinton
- Perjury: 55 not guilty - 45 guilty
- Obstruction of Justice: 50 not guilty, 50 guilty
- Clinton was NOT impeached
Statistics of Clinton Administration: good or bad for the economy?
- Longest boom: almost ten years 1991-2001
- Low unemployment: 3.9% in 2000, lowest since 1969
- Budget deficits become surpluses, first since 1960
Social statistics of Clinton administration?
- declining poverty 11.3 % in 2000, lowest in 25 years
- Falling crime rates
- fewer welfare recipients
Clinton's foreign policy
- peace talks between Israel and Palestinians
- peace talks with Northern Ireland
- War in Kosovo to prevent Genocide
Election of 2000, who was involved, who won, by how much?
- Al Gore vs George W. Bush
- disputed election
- No winner of the election for 36 days!
- winner hinges on outcome in state of Florida
Gore sues for manual recount; Bush sues to block recount
Gore admin accuses Bush admin of?
Supreme Court involvement:
- High % of invalidated votes
- Hanging Chads
- Confusing Ballots
- Wrongly disqualified Voters
- Supreme Court: allows manual recount of votes and Bush sues to stop it
- US supreme court stops recount Dec 10 and Final decision on Dec 12 favors Bush 5-4
Final results of 2000 election
- Bush wins
- 47.88%-48.39% popular vote
- 271 elec. college votes- 267 elect. college votes
- Bush squeaks by!
Early Problems with Bush Administration:
- Economic recession, stock market slump, corporate scandals
- Bush is labeled a Compassionate Conservative
What did Bush do his first year?
- Tax cut: 1.35 trillion over 10 years
- Reduced Regulation on business, environment
- Revamp social security: allow private accounts
- No Child Left Behind Law is passed
How much does Al Gore win the popular vote by?
- 540,000 votes
- George Bush becomes first president to lose popular vote and win election since 1888 (112 yrs!!)
2004 Election: who was involved? who won, by how much?
Voter turnout, low or high?
- President George Bush v. Senator John Kerry
- war in Iraq, war on terrorism, the economy
- Victory for Bush
- high: 58-60% voted
- Bush 50.9%-48.1% popular vote
- Bush 286-252 elect. college
How did Bush's election strengthen Republican party?
- Strengthened Republican party
- Senate: 55 reps up from 51
- House of Reps: 231 out of 435
- Republicans control all branches of federal government
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