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Bridge to the 21st Century The Clinton and Bush II years The Bush re-election effort was built around a set of ideas traditionally used by  incumbents: experience and trust. George Bush, 68, the last of a line of presidents who  had served in World War II, faced a young challenger in Bill Clinton who, at age 46, had  never served in the military and had participated in protests against the Vietnam War. In  emphasizing his experience as president and commander-in-chief, Bush drew attention  to Clinton’s inexperience at the national level. Bill Clinton organized his campaign around another of the oldest and most powerful  themes in electoral politics: youth and change. As a high-school student, Clinton had  once met President Kennedy; 30 years later, much of his rhetoric consciously echoed 
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Unformatted text preview: that of Kennedy in his 1960 campaign. As governor of Arkansas for 12 years, Clinton could point to his experience in wrestling with the very issues of economic growth, education, and health care that were, according to public opinion polls, among President Bushs chief vulnerabilities. Where Bush offered an economic program based on lower taxes and cuts in government spending, Clinton proposed higher taxes on the wealthy and increased spending on investments in education, transportation, and communications that, he believed, would boost the nations productivity and growth and thereby lower the deficit. Similarly, Clintons health care proposals called for much heavier involvement by the federal government than Bushs....
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