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In announcing his intention to seek the 1992 Democratic presidential nomination Clinton called for a jobs plan to lift the country out of its economic recession tax cuts for the middle class and a form of national health insurance During the campaign Clinton was pursued by questions about his character He was attacked by some for evading military service and appearing to cover it upNevertheless he won enough delegates to assure his swift nomination at the 1992 Democratic convention For his VICE-PRESIDENTIAL running mate Clinton chose 44-year-old Senator Albert Al Gore of TennesseeCapitalizing on the poor state of the nations economy Clinton won 370 ELECTORAL votes to 168 for his Republican opponent President George BUSH The entry into the campaign of a strong independent candidate H Ross Perot a Texas billionaire made it a three-way race No candidate won a majority of the popular vote but Clinton won a plurality of 43 percent compared to 38 percent for Bush and 19 percent for Perot It was only the second time in 28 years that a Democrat had won the presidencyDomestic Affairs Soon after taking office Clinton called for nearly 500 billion in tax increases and spending cuts Although Republicans and some conservative Democrats opposed his plans to raise taxes Congress finally gave the new president much of what he had asked for Clinton also won congressional approval for the North American Free Trade Agreement NAFTA with Canada and Mexico However one of Clintons top priorities--health reform--met with stiff opposition Critics complained that his proposal would cost too much and lead to government interference in the health care system Clinton had to abandon the idea Meanwhile Clinton devoted considerable time to dealing with allegations of misconduct prior to his election as president One controversy stemmed from investments that he and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton had made in the Whitewater Development Corporation an Arkansas real estate development firm The other concerned charges of sexual harassment made
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