The Campaign

President Bush had high approval ratings in 1991, and Ross Perot fought hard as an independent, but Governor Clinton prevailed by offering Americans a prospect of change.

Bill Clinton was elected to the presidency in 1992, a time of economic distress, social division, and a deep yearning for change and hope.
Seasoned observers had said that President George H. W. Bush was unbeatable. In 1991, when Governor Clinton decided to run for the White House, Bush had popular approval ratings near 90 percent. But Bill Clinton wasn’t listening to the pundits. He was listening to the people he met on his travels across the country—hardworking Americans facing economic hardship, and poor people who had been left behind. They all felt forgotten by the people in power. 
In the primaries that followed, Clinton defeated five other contenders for the nomination of the Democratic party. In the general election, he faced not only the incumbent President, but also the independent Ross Perot, a tough-talking Texas businessman. But it was Bill Clinton who claimed the mantle as the candidate of change, the only candidate with a clear vision for America’s future, and the ideas and political will to make it reality. 
On election night, Clinton received 370 electoral votes to Bush’s 168. The man from Hope won 33 states—and the presidency of the United States.


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The Clinton Center

The William J. Clinton Presidential Center is the home of the Little Rock offices of the Clinton Foundation; the Clinton Presidential Library and Museum; the Clinton School of Public Service, the first institution in the nation to offer a Master of Public Service (MPS) degree; and is a managing partner of the Presidential Leadership Scholars program, a national bipartisan executive-style leadership development initiative. Additionally, the Clinton Center is a world-class educational and cultural venue offering a variety of educational programs, special events, exhibitions, and lectures, presenting a unique perspective of the work – past, present, and future – of the 42nd President of the United States, William Jefferson Clinton.

Our renowned on-site restaurant, 42 bar and table, offers a variety of dining selections for Clinton Center visitors and locals alike. Featuring unparalleled views of the lighted pedestrian bridge and a menu with a delicious blend of local favorites and internationally-inspired cuisine, 42 bar and table ensures a presidential experience for every guest. Admission fees are NOT required to dine at 42 bar and table; however, regular admission fees apply to tour the museum. Visit Website

The Clinton Museum Store, conveniently located in the lobby of the museum, offers a diverse selection of unique memorabilia and gifts, including books, accessories, collectibles, and more. The Museum Store also features items related to the current temporary exhibit. Admission fees are NOT required to shop at the Museum Store; however, regular admission fees apply to tour the museum. Visit Website