Bill Clinton (Democrat)

January 20, 1993 – January 20, 2001

About Clinton

Bill was the ‘New’ Democrat:

  • First democrat in the white house in 12 years
  • New democrats- were centrists who sought to reconcile liberal and conservative ideals
  • Believed in strong national defense though stands on crime free trade welfare reform and closer ties with corporations
  • Believed that government was necessary and important but that it had grown large and inefficient


Political Beliefs/Actions:

  • Favored minorities and women
  • Made tax cuts on middle and lower classes
  • Bipartisan support, guaranteeing time off for birth and newborn children
  • Family Medical Leave Act
  • His campaign focused on social and economic opportunity

"We must do what America does best--offer more opportunity to all and demand more responsibility from all."

Domestic Policy

  • Family medical leave act- guaranteed most full-time employees 12 workweeks of unpaid leave each year for the birth and care of a newborn child

  • Clinton promised both job growth and a reduction in the national debt

  • Clinton's economic strategy focused on fiscal discipline

  • Promised to end a ban on homosexuals in the military.

  • Backed the Federal Direct Loan program in 1993, providing low-interest college loans, and established the AmeriCorps program, through which volunteers providing community

  • Reduce crime included gun control and safety

Foreign Policy

  • Supported free trade blocs

  • Pushed NAFTA through congress

  • Expanded Global Trade by signing 270 free trade agreements, revised GATT (1994), and the accords of WTO (1995)

  • Ended the foreign policy of fighting Communism

  • In 1994 he sends troops into Haiti to restore Aristide to power

  • Encouraged NATO to bomb Servian strongholds

  • Worked out peace agreements with Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat and Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak


Creation of NAFTA:

North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)1115 was created in response to the European Union and called for the gradual removal of trade restrictions between the United States, Canada, and Mexico. It would increase economic growth and investment. Despite opposition from labor leaders, environmentalist, and liberal democrats Clinton embraced it and pushed the agreement through congress

North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

Impeachment?

Clinton was charged with perjury on Dec. 19,1998 for obstruction of Justice and he was also charged with a second perjury for abuse of power.


Order of Events:


  • House of Representatives impeached him
  • However the Senate acquitted him of all charges on Feb. 12, 1999
  • 2nd president to be impeached
  • Was not removed from office