97 The speech at the convention included Bushs famous pledge Read my lips no

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[97]The speech at the convention included Bush's famous pledge: "Read my lips: no new taxes."[98]General electionThe 1988 presidential electoral votes by stateThe general election campaign between Bush and Dukakis was described in 2008 as one of the dirtiest in modern times.[98]Bush pinned blame on Dukakis for the pollution of Boston Harbor, as the
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governor of Massachusetts.[23]Bush also pointed out that Dukakis was opposed to a law that would require all students to say the Pledge of Allegiance, a topic highlighted in Bush's nomination acceptance speech.[97]Dukakis' unconditional opposition to capital punishment led to a pointed question during the presidential debates: moderator Bernard Shawasked Dukakis hypothetically if he would support the death penalty if his wife, Kitty, were raped and murdered.[99]Dukakis's response of "no" played into Bush's characterization of Dukakis as "soft on crime",[23]a theme the Bush campaign exploited with a provocative, racially-charged television commercial about convicted felon Willie Horton.Bush defeated Dukakis and his running mate, Lloyd Bentsen, in the Electoral College, by 426 to 111,with Bentsen receiving one vote from a faithless elector.[98]In the nationwide popular vote, Bush took 53.4% of the ballots cast while Dukakis received 45.6%.[23]Bush became the first serving vice president to be elected president since Martin Van Burenin 1836, as well as the first person to succeed someone from his own party to the presidency via election to the office in his own right since Herbert Hooverin 1929.[50]Presidency (1989–1993)Main article: Presidency of George H. W. BushChief Justice William Rehnquistadministers the Presidential Oath of Office to George H. W. Bush during his inauguration ceremony at the United States Capitolon January 20, 1989.Bush was inauguratedon January 20, 1989, succeeding Ronald Reagan. He entered office at a period of change in the world; the fall of the Berlin Wallcame early in his presidency, and the collapse of the Soviet Unioncame in 1991.[100]He ordered military operations in Panamaand the Persian Gulf, and, at one point, was recorded as having a record-high approval rating of 89%.[101]In his inaugural address, Bush said:I come before you and assume the Presidency at a moment rich with promise. We live in a peaceful, prosperous time, but we can make it better. For a new breeze is blowing, and a world refreshed by freedom seems reborn; for in man's heart, if not in fact, the day of the dictator is over. The totalitarianera is passing, its old ideas blown away like leaves from an ancient, lifeless tree. A new breeze is blowing, and a nation refreshed by freedom stands ready to push on. There is new ground to be broken, and new action to be taken.[102]Domestic policyEconomyThe Bush CabinetOfficeNameTerm
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PresidentGeorge H. W. Bush1989–1993Vice PresidentDan Quayle1989–1993Secretary of StateJames Baker1989–1992Lawrence Eagleburger1992–1993Secretary of TreasuryNicholas Brady1989–1993Secretary of DefenseDick Cheney1989–1993Attorney GeneralDick Thornburgh1989–1991William P. Barr1991–1993
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