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 First it should be noted that message of James Carville in 92' won Mr. Clinton 43.01%  the vote.

    William Clinton    Albert Gore Jr.          Democratic     44,909,806    43.01%   
    George Bush    J. Danforth Quayl         Republican     39,104,550    37.45%   
       H. Ross Perot    James Stockdale        Independent     19,743,821    18.91%   
    By 96' Mr Clinton had learned something as President. - As the improved popular vote and electoral numbers show, below.


       William Clinton    Albert Gore Jr.    Democratic      47,400,125    49.23%    379   
    Robert Dole    Jack Kemp            Republican      39,198,755    40.72%    159   
    H. Ross Perot    Pat Choate          Reform         8,085,402         8.40%     


    Mr. Clinton learned, as did Mr. Bush, sadly, the hard way. The Presidency is about far  more than the economy. And?  A person who believes otherwise is probably too simple to be President of The United States of America.

    This bit by Eugene Robinson from the Washington Post Writers Group lays out some reality.

Will an international crisis roil presidential race?

It may not be the economy, stupid.

   Then again, James Carville's famous maxim about the 1992 presidential campaign might be valid in 2012. But it's possible that on Election Day, voters' most urgent concerns will be driven by overseas events that neither President Barack Obama nor his Republican foe can control...

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