1992 Presidential Election Analysis

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There were only 4 times in the 20th century of US presidential election that incumbent loses. The most recent election among them is a 1992 Presidential Election where George H.W. Bush loses to Bill Clinton. In the beginning of the election, not many people thought that Bush was going to lose. However, national priorities were shifting with the rising new generation, the baby boomers. The Domestic economic was in chaos with unemployment rate that is highest in nine years. In the contrast with Bush, young democratic candidate, Bill Clinton, was full of energy and power, and the strongest third candidates since Theodore Roosevelt, Ross Perot divided Republican voters. All three candidates were quite different on their nation’s priorities and …show more content…
1992 election was the battle among the three candidates, George H.W Bush from Republican, Bill Clinton from Democrat, and the independent candidate Ross Perot. George H.W Bush was oil business man who joined politics later in his life. However, in 1967, he soon get elected twice to the House of Representative. The World War II veteran became rising power in the Republican Party. John Hohenberg says, “he became successively the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, chairman of the Republican National Committee, chief of the U.S. Liaison Office in Communist China, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and Ronald Reagan’s two-term vice president.” George H.W Bush was an incumbent who seemed unbeatable. He was the President who ended the Cold War successfully and was the hero of the Persian Gulf War. However, by the 1992 his approval rating sharply decrease due to the Domestic Economics problem. The economy was still in a recession, and the unemployment rate was 6.9 percent, the highest in nine years. In the contrast of the president, who is one of the oldest men to be elected president, Democrat …show more content…
Pat Buchanan was given a prime-time speaking role, but his bigoted message was contradicted with Bush’s promise to work toward a kinder, gentler nations. Bush tried to show his sympathy with a suffering nation and said, “I know it. I feel it. We pray about it.” However, with his re-nomination and the adoption of a platform that emphasized family values and forbidding abortion, many voters and even the supporters was not sure about the president and the party’s plan to end the long and devastating economic recession. The convention nominated President George H.W. Bush, and Vice President Dan Quayle. In contrast, Democratic National Convention tried to show a change. The final draft shows the Bill Clinton’s political philosophy, "We reject both the do-nothing government of the last 12 years as well as the big government theory that says we can hamstring business and tax and spend our way to prosperity," the draft says. "Instead, we offer a third way." The 1992 democratic platform reflected efforts of Democrats to transform the old fashioned liberalism. The convention nominated Governor Bill Clinton of Arkansas for President and Senator Al Gore of Tennessee for Vice President. Clinton received bounced in the poll due to the successful convention. During the convention season, Ross Perot left the race after his withdrawn, Democrat and Republican tried to persuade the Perot’s

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