Bush vs Dukakis The 1988 Presidential Election On November 8, 1988, Republican Presidential candidate Vice President George H. W. Bush was elected as the forty-first President of the United States of America. Bush defeated Democratic challenger Governor Michael Dukakis by a ratio of a bout six-to-five. 49 million people voted for Bush, netting him 426 electoral votes while 42 million voted for Dukakis getting him 112 electoral votes. Strangely, a man not even running for President received an electoral vote; Lloyd Bentsen (Democratic Vice President Nominee) received one electoral vote from the state of West Virginia. Bush's victory was also a victory for the Republican Party, but the Democrats received a similar victory in that they retained control of both the House and the Senate.
According to H. W. Brands in his book American Dreams, “the first rule of American politics is that voters reward incumbents for prosperity”1 which is exactly what Clinton and Gore gave the people. However, Gore would have to get past the scandals of the Clinton administration in order to win the popular vote. This deemed to not be too large... ... middle of paper ... ... person with different values and opinions could have been at the helm of the U.S. clearly shows how important it is that future presidential elections are fair and that we as a society can determine the true victor. Works Cited Agresti Alan, and Brett Presnell, "Misvotes, Undervotes and Overvotes: The 2000 Presidential Election in Florida," Statistical Science, 17, no. 4 (2002): 436-40, http://www.jstor.org/stable/3182765 Bishin Benjamin, Daniel Stevens, and Christian Wilson, "Character Counts?
As vice president of the United States of American Nelson Rockefeller was a smart business man and always dreamed about becoming president as a kid. He had a good life growing up with a great family. Rockefeller had an impressive career in public service and is a leader in many ways. He had to overcome a lot of obstacles before becoming the vice president, but still strived to accomplish many things. I am going to tell you about Nelson Rockefeller as a child growing up, how educated Rockefeller was, where he worked at, running for governor, after he became governor, Rockefeller schemes to change New York came into effect, when losing the Republican nomination, When becoming the vice president, and after he retired.
When discharged, he had acquired the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Soon after discharge he was brought into politics. His stance of anti-communism made him well respected. Good in debates, Nixon was a shoe-in. Soon he began his political struggle.
Only after all is said and done do the people actually realize their government is an opaque mask of deception. The Watergate Scandal substantially impacted Americans’ trust in their government. The years leading up to the 1972 election were filled with new political tactics. Going into the election year, President Nixon seemed like he could never lose the second term election after successfully negotiating with Vietnam, Beijing, and Russia to improve international relations (Emery 4). Raising international toughness made Nixon seem like the most worthy person to stay president.
Both candidates have been campaigning hard and the competition has been fierce, recently resulting in the negative advertising aimed toward the opponent that has become common place in American politics today. The campaign’s success at this point can only be based on the number of primaries and caucuses that Mc Cain has won, and since it only includes a few states, time will serve as an increasingly better indicator of his success. Mc Cain and his advisors have incorporated many of the usual strategies into the campaign such as a large number of public appearances, speeches, debates, and advertising, but they have also included some new approaches which aim to attract voters. The campaign tries to highlight McCain’s history of service to his country by means of service in the armed forces, as a prisoner of war, and as a US Senator. The major ideology that is stressed is the fact that Mc Cain puts his country first and does and will continue to do whatever is necessary to ensure it’s welfare.
If we take away the Electoral College and replace it with direct, there will be famous people running for president, not knowing what they are doing, and only winning because they are famous. The Electoral College is fair because the candidate must have a wide distribution of support to win. This contributes to the cohesiveness of the country. George Bush, for example, became president but lost the popular vote. How I feel, is that you shouldn’t win presidency because you’re popular and everybody likes you.
Having grown from such humble beginnings Richard Nixon, in the spirit of all that is American, fought his way to political stardom. 3. As a young go getter, Nixon gain popularity by taking a strong stand against Communism, and the world it creates. Having known his share of political triumphs as well as losses, Nixon persevered, after a close race for the presidency in 1960. Almost as close as the one I was involved in.
People believed and listened to John F. Kennedy because he had such a high level of credibility. If being elected president wasn 't enough, he came from a long line of politicians; his father being a business man and a politician raised three political leaders. Even more than that he was a graduate of Harvard University, as well as his father. John F. Kennedy left
During the presidential election of 1960, LBJ lost to John F. Kennedy for democratic nominee, but accepted the position as vice-president. While under Kennedy, he was very restricted. LBJ then took over presidency after the assassination of Kennedy, and easily won reelection in 1964 (O'Brien). During his term, LBJ empowered Americans through his belief in the “Great Society”, but caused the death of 58,000 American soldiers and another 153,000 injured (Murray 62). Lyndon Baines Johnson is the most significant person of 20th century due to his actions regarding domestic and foreign policy, and the effect it had on the world.