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%By 96' Mr Clinton had learned something as President. - As the improved popular vote and electoral numbers show, below.
George Bush J. Danforth Quayl Republican 39,104,550 37.45%
H. Ross Perot James Stockdale Independent 19,743,821 18.91%
William Clinton Albert Gore Jr. Democratic 47,400,125 49.23% 379Mr. 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.
Robert Dole Jack Kemp Republican 39,198,755 40.72% 159
H. Ross Perot Pat Choate Reform 8,085,402 8.40%
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...