Presidential Election of 1992

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In 1992 the battle for the presidency was fought between current President, Republican George H. W. Bush, Democrat Bill Clinton (governor of Arkansas), and a Texas independent candidate Ross Perot. The election of 1992 also was the entry of Ralph Nader, an American Attorney, into presidential politics as a candidate though he did not formally run. The campaign revolved primarily around economic issues.

The Democrat candidate, William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton, was born on August 9, 1946, in Arkansas. Because he was born in the period after World War II, Clinton was known as the first Baby Boomer president. He was the 40th and 42nd governor of Arkansas, and was also the Attorney General of Arkansas. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is the wife of Bill Clinton. With the experience of governing a conservative state in the south, Clinton positioned himself as a New Democrat. He prepared for a run in the 1992 seeking to beat the incumbent President George H. W. Bush. Clinton chose U.S. Senator Albert A. Gore Jr. from Tennessee, to be his running mate on July 9, 1992. Because Gore is from Clintons neighboring state of Tennessee it was thought to be an unpopular strategy of balancing a candidate from the south and one from the north.

The Republican candidate George Herbert Walker Bush, born on June 12, 1924 from Massachusetts, was a retired American politician who served as the 41st President of the United States from 1989 to 1993. Before his presidency, Bush held multiple political positions, including the Chief of the U.S. Liaison Office to the People's Republic of China, 43rd Vice President of the United States under Ronald Reagan. Bush was also the 11th Director of Central Intelligence, 10th United States Ambassador to the United Nations, and a member of the United States...