William Jefferson Blythe Lll Was Born On August 19, 1946
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William Jefferson Blythe lll was born on August 19, 1946 in Hope, Arkansas. His parents were Cassidy Blythe and William Jefferson Blythe Jr. His dad died in a car crash three months prior to his birth. He was their only child. His mother re-married Roger Clinton Sr. and they moved to Hot Springs, Arkansas. William Blythe later became William Clinton after being adopted by his step- father. His step-sibling was Roger Clinton Jr born in 1956. His mother had told him from a young age that he was born to be President. In 1963, he went to Washington D.C as part of the American Legion Boys’ Nation program and shook hands with JFK. He later said this was part of his inspiration to work in public service.
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Clinton had a way of explaining things in a way that made people believe him. The Republican candidate was George H.W Bush. Wealthy billionaire Ross Perot also ran as an independent. People were having trouble getting behind the reelection of Bush due to tax raises and the fact that Bush did not act on the current recession going through the country. Perot took votes from both candidates with his pledge of patriotism and budget balance but due to his leaving and re-entering the election, people had trust problems.
Clinton’s campaign was mainly focused on economic issues and the Reagan-Bush deficit. He emphasized the economic struggles the younger generations would be stuck with. A slogan posted outside Clinton headquarters read, “It’s the economy, stupid.” Clinton received twice as many electoral votes as Bush and a 43% popular vote. Perot got a popular vote of 19%. During the campaign of his second term, Clinton faced the bleak reality that he might not win. Many of his promises fell through and Republicans were head of both houses of Congress. The Republican candidate was Robert Dole. Ross Perot tried again for the presidency but did not receive as much attention as the previous election. Clinton became the candidate of ‘’family values’’ which got him the suburban votes. The press tried to make stories but even though it embarrassed the Democratic party, it did not change the public mind about Dole. Clinton won with more than twice as many