The answer was yes. They explained that they had strongly supported Ronald Reagan, and then they supported George H.W. Bush because they had supported Reagan, and then supported George...
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I think it is past time to clear up GWB's record on the economy. His economic policies were very successful. His average unemployment rate was 5.3%, and that includes his last two years while the Democratic Congress was triggering a recession and contributing to causes of the Financial Crisis. The fourth longest expansion in history (2001-2007) was during GWB's presidency. He overcame severe economic challenges such as the 9-11 Attacks. Even more severe (but rarely reported) is the China Trade Agreement negotiated by Bill Clinton. That agreement enabled the Chinese to enter the WTO in 2000. Therefore, it was Bill Clinton who caused millions of jobs to be sent to China in the years immediately following 2000.
In January 2008, at a John McCain rally in Columbia, S.C., I asked a number of local politicos to look back to the brutal 2000 Republican primary in their state, the one between McCain and George W. Bush. They had all supported Bush back then, and I asked whether, given the inconclusive wars, runaway federal spending and economic catastrophe of the next eight years, they felt they made the right choice.
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