Though Al Gore won the popular vote by 48.4% Bush won the votes of the Electoral College which resulted in him winning the Presidential election. Another example that presents Electoral Colleges distorted nature is the 1996 election in which Bill Clinton achieved 49% of the popular vote and went on to achieve 70% of the Electoral College vote. However, this is a weak argument as prior to this election it never occurred that a running candidate had more Electoral College votes without gaining the majority of votes in the national popular vote. A national popular vote would allow democracy to function in its most pure form by selecting the President based on the national popular
My Grandfather, a die hard Democratic, believes that Bill Clinton was the best president we have ever had, but he thought maybe Mr. Clinton came out a little arrogant. Again, I was curious as to what he could be talking about. So I read an article in the New York Times, Campaign Collapse, When Destiny Failed, Peter Baker and Jim Rutenberg describe a situation where President Clinton was found yelling at campaign personnel. In this situation Senator Clinton had just lost the primary in North Carolina and they were waiting for results of the Indiana Primary, when a vote counting delay threatened her opportunity to give a primetime victory speech. President Clinton was yelling
Before this bill can pass it will have to earn 2/3 majority vote from both houses of Congress. This is difficult to do. After Congress is no longer in session, the president can use another passive form of disagreement for ten days called pocket veto. However, in this situation the bill will not pass. In what ways can Congress excercise control over the federal bureaucracy?
"In 1974, Clinton entered his first political race. He felt that Republican Congressman John Paul Hammerschmidt, a strong supporter of President Nixon, was vulnerable in his reelection bid, and therefore decided to run against him. Clinton lost a surprisingly close race, holding Hammerschmidt to only 52 percent of the vote." "Clinton married Hillary Rodham in 1975. A year later he was elected Arkansas's attorney general.
Q&A: US mid-term elections 2010 The US has been holding mid-term elections, which decide the balance of power in Congress over the next two years. The Republicans made sweeping gains as they won control of the House of Representatives, but the Democrats retained a slim majority in the Senate. What do the results mean for President Barack Obama? President Obama's name did not appear on any ballot paper, but the elections are widely seen as an appraisal of his performance over the last two years. Going into the mid-terms, his Democratic Party had a majority in both houses.
To what extent are mid-term elections merely a referendum on the performance of the president? Jan 2011 Q7 (45 marks) Mid-term elections are the elections for the whole of the House of Representatives and one-third of the Senate that occur midway through the president’s 4-year term of office. I will be judging to what extent midterms can be seen merely as a referendum on the President’s performance. Mid-term elections can be seen merely as a referendum on the performance of the President because the President’s party has lost seats in the House of Representatives in all but three mid-term elections in the last 100 years. For example the three mid-terms where this happened were 1934, when Roosevelt won 9 more seats, 1998, when Clinton won 5 more seats and 2002, when George W. Bush won 8 more seats.
As the election for the 44th President of the United States closes in on its November election date, many hopeful candidates have come and gone, but only three remain a strong possibility towards reaching the highest role of political excellence. The three candidates are Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and Republican nominee John McCain. There has been much discourse and rhetoric on the democratic side as to what the deciding variable will be for getting that elusive nomination; a criticism that does not reside in John McCain’s campaign because of his quick and swift domination of his party’s candidates to capture the Republican nomination. When running for any public office seat, there is a buffet of topics, Iraq, healthcare and social security to name a few, that the candidate must defend or renounce. If the public is uncertain what kind of
At the age of 28, in 1910, Roosevelt was invited to run for the New York State senate. By running as a Democrat, he broke his family tradition, in a district that voted Republican for 32 years. With the help of his name, he ran and won by a Democratic landslide. When he became a senator, he went against the Democrats of New York. This angered the Democratic leaders but gained him the notoriety of the nation and some experience in the tactics of politicians and interest.
2. Election of 1800 • Democratic Republican Thomas Jefferson and Aaron VS. Federalist President John Adams and Charles Pinckney • No separate ballots for President and Vice President a) All candidates ran for presidency; second highest vote would be VP • Thomas Jefferson won the state of New York because of Aaron Burr’s influence a) Burr and Jefferson received the same amount of votes(73 electoral votes) b) Under the constitution, the tie could only be broken by the House of Representatives, which was filled with Federalists at the time(preferred Burr over Jefferson) c) After a long deadlock, Alexander Hamilton and John Adams persuaded a few House members to change their votes, thus helped secure the presidency for Jefferson • Also known as the revolution of 1800 a) Transfer of power from one party to another through elections and all the parties has to accept. Jeffersonian Democracy 1. What is it? • An ideal form of government by Thomas
Attorney Charles Foster headed a task force on immigration for the Greater Houston Partnership. “It is a dysfunctional system; one day a year you can petition for the brightest people in the world, and then you have a 30 percent chance," he said. Many pro-reform business executives are Republicans, but Foster says the party’s immigration policy is controlled by the Tea Party movement. “Their anger, their opposition, is mostly based upon rumor and anecdotal stuff that has little to do with the truth. When you get before them and explain what real immigration reform means, they have a very different position," he said.