Clinton’s campaign was immediately hurt when an alleged affair with Jennifer Flowers almost sidelined his campaigning efforts. He and wife Hillary admitted that their marriage was going through trials on a televised interview. After this Clinton came back with a vengeance earning him the nickname the “Comeback Kid”.
Clinton would grasp part of his dream in 1992 after winning the Democratic nomination. Bill Clinton chose Tennessee Senator Al Gore as a running mate. The Clinton-Gore ticket would then go on to defeat the current president, President George H. W. Bush, with an electoral college vote of 370-168. Bill Clinton was inaugurated January 20, 1993 as the United State’s 42nd president.
During his first term Clinton would focus on helping the under privileged and under cared for as most Democrats tend to. He allowed homosexuals to join the armed forces under the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ruling and signed the Omnibus Crime Bill in 1994. This bill would make it possible to receive the death penalty for non-death related crimes.
Clinton’s first term went fairly easily, without much scandal, but his second term starting in 1997 would be tainted by scandals. The biggest scandal would involve then Whitehouse intern Monica Lewinsky. It was found out that Clinton again was in an extra-marital affair this time with young Lewinsky. The House actually voted to impeach Clinton on two charges, however the Senate voted to acquit Clinton on all charges.
During this term Clinton and NATO would also battle world genocide and Saddam Hussein yet again. Other than this the Clinton years were relatively peaceful on the war front. The United States prospered a great deal under President Bill Clinton’s lead. The economy was great and inflation was low. Despite all of the scandal that plagued Clinton’s second term, he is most remembered for these things.
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