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The Economy and Domestic Policy

  • Donald W. Beachler

Abstract

In 1992, Bill Clinton’s political advisor James Carville sought to distill his candidate’s message down to a single phrase as the Arkansas governor challenged the incumbent president, George H. W. Bush. The first President Bush was widely regarded as an able practitioner of foreign policy after expelling Saddam Hussein from Kuwait in 1991, but a sluggish economy was weakening his political standing. Carville coined the phrase, “It’s the Economy, Stupid,” and Clinton went on to win a three-way race for the presidency against Bush and independent billionaire Ross Perot, who garnered an impressive 19 percent of the popular vote. Discontent with the economy helped Clinton become the first Democrat in sixteen years to win a presidential election.

Keywords

Gross Domestic Product Presidential Election Budget Deficit Voter Turnout Domestic Policy 
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Notes

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© Kevin J. McMahon, David M. Rankin, Donald W. Beachler, and John Kenneth White 2005

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