Clinton - I.BillClinton: I In 1992 the Democrats chose Bill...

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I. Bill Clinton: the First Baby-Boomer President I. In 1992, the Democrats chose Bill Clinton as their candidate (despite accusations of womanizing, drug use, and draft evasion) and Albert Gore, Jr. as his running mate. II. The Democrats tried a new approach, promoting growth, strong defense, and anticrime policies while campaigning to stimulate the economy. III. The Republicans dwelt on “family values” and selected Bush for another round and J. Danforth Quayle as his running mate. They claimed that “character matters” and so Clinton and his baggage should not be elected. IV. Third party candidate Ross Perot added color to the election by getting 19,742,267 votes in the election (no electoral votes, though), but Clinton won, 370 to 168 in the Electoral College. o Democrats also got control of both the House and the Senate. V. Congress and the presidential cabinet were filled with minorities and more women, including the first female attorney general ever, Janet Reno , Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the Supreme Court II. A False Start for Reform I. Upon entering office, Clinton called for accepting homosexuals in the armed forces, but finally had to settle for a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that unofficially accepted gays and lesbians. II. Clinton also appointed his wife, Hillary, to revamp the nation’s health and medical care system, and when it was revealed in October 1993, critics blasted it as cumbersome, confusing, and unpractical, thus suddenly making Hillary Rodham Clinton a possible liability whereas before, she had been a full, equal political partner of her husband. III. By 1996, Clinton had shrunk the federal deficit to its lowest level in a decade, and in 1993, he passed a gun-control law called the Brady Bill , named after presidential aide James Brady who had been wounded in President Reagan’s attempted assassination. o
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