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Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton campaigns in Frankfort, 1992

Posted on February 4, 2017 | in Uncategorized | by
Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton and Kentucky Gov. Brereton Jones greet diners at Flynn's Restaurant and Statesman Lounge in Frankfort, Feb. 4, 1992. Clinton took time out from campaigning in New Hampshire to gather the endorsements of Jones and a host of other top Kentucky Democratic officials. In an impassioned speech to about 300 people crammed into the Capitol Rotunda, Clinton acted as if he already was running against Bush rather than his opponents in the Democratic primary. He never mentioned any of his Democratic opponents by name; U.S. Sens. Tom Harkin of Iowa and Bob Kerrey of Nebraska, former U.S. Sen. Paul Tsongas of Massachusetts and former California Gov. Jerry Brown. Clinton said Bush and the Republicans have been sending the wrong message to the nation: "Turn a quick buck, get it while you can and walk away with the money." This attitude has helped produce severe economic problems that Bush does not understand, Clinton said. Later, at a news conference outside Flynn's restaurant, reporters did not ask Clinton the kinds of questions about marital fidelity that made national news the week prior. Instead, most of the questions dealt mainly with details of his economic and educational proposals. Jones' endorsement was important because it could influence the state's 61 delegates to the Democratic presidential nominating convention. Clinton returned to New Hampshire that night, which held the first Democratic primary two weeks later, which he won, catapulting his successful bid to the White House that November. Jennifer Podis | staff

Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton and Kentucky Gov. Brereton Jones greeted diners at Flynn’s Restaurant and Statesman Lounge in Frankfort on Feb. 4, 1992. Clinton took time out from campaigning in New Hampshire to gather the endorsements of Jones and a host of other top Kentucky Democratic officials. In an impassioned speech to about 300 people crammed into the Capitol Rotunda, Clinton acted as if he already was running against Bush rather than his opponents in the Democratic primary. He never mentioned any of his Democratic opponents by name; U.S. Sens. Tom Harkin of Iowa and Bob Kerrey of Nebraska, former U.S. Sen. Paul Tsongas of Massachusetts, and former California Gov. Jerry Brown. Clinton said Bush and the Republicans have been sending the wrong message to the nation: “Turn a quick buck, get it while you can and walk away with the money.” This attitude has helped produce severe economic problems that Bush does not understand, Clinton said. Later, at a news conference outside Flynn’s restaurant, reporters didn’t ask Clinton the kinds of questions about marital fidelity that made national news the week before. Instead, most of the questions dealt mainly with details of his economic and educational proposals. Jones’ endorsement was important because it could influence the state’s 61 delegates to the Democratic presidential nominating convention. Clinton returned that night to New Hampshire, which held the first Democratic primary two weeks later. He won that primary, kicking off his successful run to the White House that November. Jennifer Podis | staff

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