After the surprising 1994 Republican takeover of Congress, Bill Clinton shrewdly
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After the surprising 1994 Republican takeover of Congress, Bill Clinton shrewdly resolved to save his presidency by reinforcing his claim that he was a “centrist.” He co-opted much of the energy of the conservative movement by announcing that “the era of big government is over” and by reforming the federal system of welfare payments to the poor, created during the 1930 under the New Deal.
What is the definition of the political strategy known as triangulation? How did the 1994 Republican takeover of congress influence President Clinton’s second term?
Discuss how this concept affected the political platforms of the Democratic and Republican parties up to the present.
Republican “Contract With America” (September 27, 1994)
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President Clinton’s State of the Union Address (January 23, 1996)
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