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« Reply #450 on: October 17, 2010, 08:03:35 pm »
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BUMP. Ben, when are you going to update?


Some point in the distant future.
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The First Term of John F. Kennedy Jr.

“My fellow Americans, we are at the precipice of a new century.  As we move forward, we must look to innovation, to technology, and to knowledge to keep our country strong.”

Secretary of State: Colin Powell (R-VA)
Secretary of Treasury: Lawrence Summers (D-MA)
Secretary of Defense: Ike Skelton (D-MO)
Attorney General: Robert C. Clark (D-MA)
Secretary of the Interior: Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
Secretary of Agriculture: Kit Bond (R-MO)
Secretary of Commerce: Bill Richardson (D-NM)
Secretary of Labor: Alexis Herman (D-AL)
Secretary of Health and Human Services: Donna Shalala (D-WI)
Secretary of Education: Hugo Sonnenschein (I-IL)
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: Andrew Cuomo (D-NY)
Secretary of Transportation: Rodney Slater (D-AR)
Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs: James Webb (R-VA)

As John F. Kennedy Jr., the youngest elected President in America history takes office, he promises vigorous activity to improve the country.  To that end, on January 28, 2001, he presents to Congress the Education Reform Act of 2001.  The legislation, written jointly by Kennedy, his new Secretary of Education (the outgoing President of the University of Chicago), his uncle Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), and Congressman Dale Kildee (D-MI), would institute major reforms to the American education system.  It provided for a standard national curriculum, standard national tests, funding for charter schools, as well as other measures to cut tuition for education.

From the outset, the legislation faces opposition on both sides.  Senator Paul Wellstone (D-MN) calls the bill “a slap in the face of American children.”  Various teachers’ unions from throughout the country attack the section on merit pay, promising to work to defeat any Congressman who votes for the bill.

President Kennedy goes out on the offensive, appearing on numerous news networks to defend his bill.  On Meet the Press he tells Tim Russert, “The American system of education is broken.  This bill will go a long way towards fixing that.”  Secretary of Education Sonnenschein tells Fox News, “This bill was written with an eye towards preparing Americans to deal with a modern economy.”

Throughout the spring, hearings are held in Congress about the bill.  The only interruption comes in June, when the Senate confirms Carl E. Stewart of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to the Supreme Court following the death of Justice Bownes.

On July 15, 2001, the House ends debate on the ERA.  Up until the hour of the vote, the President and his allies had been gathering support, and by a vote of 223-212, the ERA passes and is sent to the Senate.

In the Senate, debate continues, with Senators Kennedy (D-MA) and Brownback (R-KS) being the main supporters.  On September 3, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) announces his opposition to the ERA; he is followed by Whip Harry Reid (D-NV).  The Republican leadership is more supportive, though.  On October 25, the Senate finally votes; the ERA ties, 50-50, with Vice President Breaux breaking the tie in favor.  On October 30, President Kennedy signs the legislation.

In his State of the Union Address on January 18, 2002, President Kennedy declares, “The State of our Union is strong.  Our economy is growing, but not fast enough.  We need to encourage businesses to grow.  That is why I am asking Congress to pass a comprehensive tax reform bill.”

This reform, called the Kennedy Tax Cuts, cut taxes for all Americans by 3% across the board, except for those in the previous 10% bracket – they had theirs reduced by 7%.  The program is immensely unpopular among Democrats.  The House Congressional Progressive Caucus – 62 Democrats – unanimously declares against the Cuts.  Of the 40 Blue Dog Democrats, all but Charlie Stenholm (D-TX) declare in favor of the Cuts.  On March 20, 2002, the House votes 230-205 for the Cuts – 28 Democrats and all 202 Republicans join together for the vote.

In the Senate, the President recoil, and line up against them.  Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI) calls the Cuts “A handout to the wealthy.”  After Treasury Secretary Summers defends the bill before the Senate, there is still little traction.  On May 29, the Senate fails to achieve cloture, 54-44, and debate continues.  Following this failure, Senator Kennedy cuts a deal with liberals involving tax rates on the top 1%, and on August 8, by a vote of 60-40, cloture is achieved; three days later the Cuts pass 53-47, and President Kennedy signs them all in on August 10.

The Congressional Elections

On elected day 2002, President Kennedy’s approval rating stands at 54%, an unusual level of popularity.  Overall, Democrats make minor gains.

Senate Results

Democrats: 54 (+1)
Republicans: 46 (-1)


House Results
Democrats: 233 (+2)
Republicans: 220 (-2)
Independents: 1 (-)
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« Reply #452 on: November 06, 2010, 04:55:24 pm »
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Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy
Anyways, Kennedy seems to be a conservative democrat.
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« Reply #453 on: November 06, 2010, 05:34:47 pm »
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Who are the newly elected Senators and Congressman?
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« Reply #454 on: November 06, 2010, 07:15:04 pm »
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Who are the newly elected Senators and Congressman?

Tom Allen in Maine, and Mark Pryor in Arkansas for the Senate.  In the House, Lynwood Lewis defeated Ed Schrock in Virginia's 2nd District.
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« Reply #455 on: November 07, 2010, 12:33:51 am »
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It's back! Cheesy
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« Reply #456 on: November 07, 2010, 06:46:48 pm »
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It's back! Cheesy

Yes, for a brief update.  2001-2003 was relatively uneventful Tongue
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« Reply #457 on: November 21, 2010, 04:46:16 pm »
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A good center-left timeline. 2000 should've been time for a conservative (social, fiscal and Taftite foreign policy) asendacy. Can we have a Ron Paul Presidency?
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Marlin Stutzman (R/IN-3)
Todd Rokita (R/IN-4)
Chard Reid (Lib/IN-5)
Luke Messer (R/IN-6)
Tom Massie (R/KY-4)
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« Reply #458 on: November 23, 2010, 10:13:16 pm »
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A good center-left timeline. 2000 should've been time for a conservative (social, fiscal and Taftite foreign policy) asendacy. Can we have a Ron Paul Presidency?

What?
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« Reply #459 on: November 24, 2010, 05:49:53 pm »
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It feels like that Ittl conservatives are quite divided.
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« Reply #460 on: November 24, 2010, 08:13:47 pm »
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It feels like that Ittl conservatives are quite divided.

That is somewhat true.  There was never the backlash against liberalism that there was in our world.  In addition, both parties are less polarized.  There are more conservatives in the Democratic Party, and more liberals in the Republican Party, than we have in our world.
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1992 Senate Elections (58-42 Democratic majority):
•   Alabama: Richard Shelby (D) reelected
•   Alaska: Frank Murkowski (R) reelected
•   Arizona: John McCain (R) reelected
•   Arkansas: Dale Bumpers (D) reelected
•   California: Barbara Boxer (D) retiring-replaces Tom Bradley (D)
•   Colorado: Ben Nighthorse Campbell (D) retiring-replaces Tim Wirth (D)
•   Connecticut: Chris Dodd (D) reelected
•   Florida: Bob Graham (D) reelected
•   Georgia: Paul Coverdell (R) defeats Wyche Fowler (D)
•   Hawaii: Daniel Inouye (D) reelected
•   Idaho: Dirk Kempthorne (R) defeats John Evans (D)
•   Illinois: Carol Moseley-Braun (D) retiring-replaces Alan Dixon (D)
•   Indiana: William Ruckelshaus (R) reelected
•   Iowa: Chuck Grassley (R) reelected
•   Kansas: Bob Dole (R) reelected
•   Kentucky: Wendell Ford (D) reelected
•   Louisiana: John Breaux (D) reelected
•   Maryland: Barbara Mikulski (D) reelected
•   Missouri: Kit Bond (R) reelected
•   Nevada: Harry Reid (D) reelected
•   New Hampshire: Judd Gregg (R) retiring-replaces Warren Rudman (R)
•   New York: Al d’Amato (R) reelected
•   North Carolina: Lauch Faircloth (R) defeats Terry Sanford (D)
•   North Dakota: Kent Conrad (D) retiring-replaces Jocelyn Burdick (D)
•   North Dakota: Byron Dorgan (D) retiring-replaces Kent Conrad (D)
•   Ohio: John Glenn (D) reelected
•   Oklahoma: Don Nickles (R) reelected
•   Oregon: Bob Packwood (R) reelected
•   Pennsylvania: Arlen Specter (R) reelected
•   South Carolina: Ernest Hollings (D) reelected
•   South Dakota: Tom Daschle (D) reelected
•   Utah: Robert Bennett (R) retiring-replaces Jake Garn (R)
•   Vermont: Bernie Sanders (D) reelected
•   Washington: Patty Murray (D) retiring-replaces Brock Adams (D)
•   Wisconsin: Russ Feingold (D) defeats Bob Kasten (R)
Afterwards (60-40 Democratic majority):
•   Delaware: Charles Oberly (D) retiring-replaces William Roth, Jr. (R)
•   Georgia: Max Cleland (D) retiring-replaces Sam Nunn (D)
•   Indiana: Frank O’Bannon (D) retiring-replaces Dan Quayle (R)
•   Utah: Merrill Cook (R) retiring-replaces Orrin Hatch (R)
•   Wyoming: Craig Thomas (R) retiring-replaces Alan Simpson (R)

1994 Senate Elections (51-49 Democratic majority):
•   Arizona: Jon Kyl (R) defeats Terry Goddard (D)
•   California: Pete Wilson (R) reelected
•   Connecticut: Joe Lieberman (D) reelected
•   Delaware: Charles Oberly (D) reelected
•   Florida: Jeb Bush (R) defeats Buddy MacKay (D)
•   Georgia: Max Cleland (D) reelected
•   Hawaii: Cecil Heftel (D) reelected
•   Indiana: Dan Coats (R) defeats Frank O’Bannon (D)
•   Maine: Olympia Snowe (R) retiring-replaces George Mitchell (D)

•   Maryland: Paul Sarbanes (D) reelected
•   Massachusetts: Ted Kennedy (D) reelected
•   Michigan: Spencer Abraham (R) retiring-replaces Donald Riegle, Jr. (D)
•   Minnesota: Rod Grams (R) retiring-replaces Walter Mondale (D)

•   Mississippi: Trent Lott (R) reelected
•   Missouri: John Ashcroft (R) retiring-replaces John Danforth (R)
•   Montana: Conrad Burns (R) reelected
•   Nebraska: Frank Morrison (D) reelected
•   Nevada: Jim Gibbons (R) defeats Richard Bryan (D)
•   New Jersey: Chuck Haytaian (R) defeats Frank Lautenberg (D)

•   New Mexico: Jeff Bingaman (D) reelected
•   New York: Robert Abrams (D) reelected
•   North Dakota: Kent Conrad (D) reelected
•   Ohio: Mike de Wine (R) retiring-replaces Howard Metzenbaum (D)
•   Pennsylvania: William Scranton III (R) reelected
•   Rhode Island: Lincoln Almond (R) reelected
•   Tennessee: Fred Thompson (R) defeats Jim Sasser (D)
•   Texas: Bob Krueger (D) defeats Beau Bolter (R)
•   Utah: Merrill Cook (R) reelected
•   Vermont: Jim Jeffords (R) reelected
•   Virginia: Chuck Robb (D) reelected
•   Washington: Slade Gorton (R) reelected
•   West Virginia: Robert Byrd (D) reelected
•   Wisconsin: Herb Kohl (R) reelected
•   Wyoming: Mike Enzi (R) retiring-replaces Malcolm Wallop (R)
•   Wyoming: Craig Thomas (R) reelected
Afterward (51-49 Democratic majority):
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« Reply #462 on: December 07, 2010, 06:34:50 pm »
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I'm here.  I just haven't updated for a while.
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In his State of the Union Address on January 12, 2003, President Kennedy declares, “Our Union is strong.  Our economy is growing, and it will continue to grow.”

However, over the next few months Kennedy’s assessment is proven false.  In early April unemployment, which had been just over 6% in December of 2002, reaches 8%.  In a speech at the Cato Institute on May 7, 2003, Fed Chairman Allen Greenspan says that, “While we may not be in a recession yet, things do not look good long term.”  In June, in order to respond, Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) introduces the Prevent a Recession Act.  The PRA, written by liberal economist Paul Krugman, would provide a stimulus to the American people by cutting taxes for all Americans making less than $40,000 per year.  In a speech to the American people explaining the legislation, Kennedy says “Our current problems are caused by a lack of spending.  Through tax cuts, it is my hope that we can jumpstart the economy, and avoid a recession.”  The legislation is rushed through Congress, and signed by the President on June 25.

The legislation ultimately proves ineffective.  On August 17, the New York Times carries the headline, “It’s Official: America is in a Recession.”  Three days later, President Kennedy gives another televised address to the American people, urging them to “continue spending, and do not panic.”  That does not go over well.  On August 24, President Kennedy’s approvals fall to 42%, providing him with little confidence as he begins his reelection campaign.
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Hoping either Kennedy can pull it out by 2004 or a good Republican beats him.
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By the way, there's a cycle that I noticed going from 1960 to 2000:
1960-1980
Democrat for eight years
Republican for four years
Democrat for eight years
1980-2000
Republican for eight years
Democrat for four years
Republican for eight years

I wonder if the cycle was rest in 2000 or not.
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By the way, there's a cycle that I noticed going from 1960 to 2000:
1960-1980
Democrat for eight years
Republican for four years
Democrat for eight years
1980-2000
Republican for eight years
Democrat for four years
Republican for eight years

I wonder if the cycle was rest in 2000 or not.

I totally didn't do that intentionally.
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By the way, there's a cycle that I noticed going from 1960 to 2000:
1960-1980
Democrat for eight years
Republican for four years
Democrat for eight years
1980-2000
Republican for eight years
Democrat for four years
Republican for eight years

I wonder if the cycle was rest in 2000 or not.

I totally didn't do that intentionally.

Regardless, it's weird how it ended up. Han actually did the same thing on his "Wet house" timeline with:
1940-1960:
Republican for eight years
Democrat for four years
Republican for eight years
1960-?
Democrat for eight years
Republican for four years
Democrat for ? (hasn't been continued past 1972, but my guess is the Democrat will be re-elected)
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The Democratic Nomination

As the recession deepens in the middle of 2003, rumors abound that President Kennedy will receive a primary challenger.  Much of the speculation centers around Senator Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, but he announces in early July that he will be running for reelection to the Senate.  Finally, on August 21, 2003, Senator Paul Wellstone of Minnesota announces his candidacy.  “The Kennedy Administration has spent two years working for big business and the wealthy, and it has led us straight into a recession.  If elected, I will work for the people, not the corporations.”

Wellstone runs an insurgent campaign, raising money through small donors and campaigning in caucus states like Iowa, New Mexico, Michigan, etc; while also using big names who have endorsed him like Senator Feingold.

Kennedy, by contrast, uses big money and big names.  His father, the 87 year old ex-President, lambasts Wellstone for “thinking his candidacy will do anything other than doom the Democratic Party.”

On January 19, the Iowa Caucus yields an upset.  Wellstone wins with 54% of the vote, netting 24 of 45 delegates.  On January 27, Kennedy, as expected, takes 78% of the vote in New Hampshire.  February 3 yields split results, with Kennedy taking Arizona, Missouri, Oklahoma, and South Carolina; and Wellstone taking Delaware, New Mexico, and North Dakota.

February 7 results in two major Wellstone wins, as he takes 60+ in Michigan and Washington, although Kennedy dominates in Maine.  On February 10 Kennedy takes Nevada, Tennessee, and Virginia by big margins.  On February 17 Wellstone dominates Wisconsin, as expected.  February 24 sees Kennedy win 98% of the vote in Massachusetts, despite Wellstone being on the ballot, but Wellstone captures Hawaii and Utah, continuing the stalemate.

On March 2, the stalemate ends on Super Tuesday, where 11 primaries are held in California (Kennedy), Connecticut (Kennedy), Georgia (Kennedy), Maryland (Kennedy), Montana (Wellstone), Minnesota (Wellstone), New York (Kennedy), Ohio (Wellstone), Rhode Island (Kennedy), Texas (Kennedy), and Vermont (Kennedy).  Wellstone, however, refuses to drop out, placing bets on Mini Super Tuesday the next week, when primaries are held in Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, North Carolina, and New Jersey.  However, after only managing to win Florida, Wellstone drops out.  He does not endorse Kennedy, however, and refuses to speak at the Convention.

At the DNC, Wellstone supporters walk out of the Convention before Kennedy and Breaux are re-nominated.  They instead form the Progressive Party, and offer Wellstone the nomination, which he accepts, and chooses Vermont Congressman Bernie Sanders as his running mate.  Thus, heading into Labor Day, the dark horse Republican nominee appears to have things sown up.

The Republican Nomination

From early 2003, Republicans vie to challenge President Kennedy.  On  May 23, Senator Gordon Smith of Oregon enters the ring, followed by Governor George W. Bush of Texas on June 26.  On July 4, a dark horse enters the race: former Governor of Tennessee Elvis Presley.  The former King of Rock and Roll, after retiring from music in the late 1970s, had entered politics.  Serving in the Tennessee House of Representatives from 1983 until 1995, he served as Governor of Tennessee from 1995 to 2003.

Although Presley is initially dismissed, he handily wins the Iowa Caucus, taking 43% in a three way race.  He narrowly loses the New Hampshire primary to Smith, but gets revenge by winning Alaska and Michigan the next weekend.

Mini Super Tuesday occurs next for the Republicans, three days later, with primaries and caucuses in Alabama (Presley), Arizona (Bush), Connecticut (Smith), North Dakota (Smith), and Washington (Smith).

The next week, there is a split result in the contests in Arkansas (Presley), Colorado (Bush), and Vermont (Smith).  However, Smith drops out the next week after losing big primaries in Illinois (Bush) and Florida (Presley), as he was unable to compete in terms of delegates.  He endorses Bush.

With only two candidates, Super Tuesday appears to be the decider, with primaries held in California (Presley), Delaware (Bush), Georgia (Presley), Hawaii (Presley), Kentucky (Presley), Mississippi (Presley), New Jersey (Bush), New York (Bush), North Carolina (Bush), Ohio (Presley), Pennsylvania (Presley), South Carolina (Presley), and Virginia (Presley).  Bush then drops out, and endorses Presley.

At the RNC in Philadelphia, Presley selects Smith as his running mate.  He attacks Kennedy’s handling of the economy, and boasts of his achievements as Governor of Tennessee.

The General Election

From the get go, Kennedy faces an uphill battle.  With Wellstone attacking from the Left, and Presley from the Right, Kennedy has little room to maneuver.  In the first debate Wellstone blasts Kennedy for “selling out to Big Business” and Presley blasts Kennedy for “pursuing patently anti-business policies.”  Wellstone, in turn, dismisses Presley as “an entertainer – my favorite entertainer, but an entertainer nonetheless.”  Kennedy is left defending his own policies.

By election day, unemployment is listed at 7.8%, up from 5.7% the year before.  Thus, with attacks from both sides of the political spectrum, JFK Jr. fails to do what his father did, and is defeated for reelection.  The results are brutal for the Democrats, as Wellstone splits the vote to such a degree that Democratic strongholds, like New York, Hawaii and California, fall to Presley, while Wellstone manages to win 5 states and a Congressional District in Maine.  After the election, MSNBC anchor and ardent Kennedy supporter Chris Matthews would note that, “While Kennedy may well have lost without Wellstone, it is clear from the results that Wellstone ended any chance Kennedy had of being reelected.  If you give Kennedy the states where he and Wellstone combined to beat Presley, and give Kennedy the states Wellstone won, then Kennedy is reelected.  Not to mention how Wellstone weakened Kennedy during the primaries.  Certainly JFK Jr. deserves blame for his loss, but Wellstone deserves nearly as much.”


Elvis Presley/Gordon Smith: 43.5% PV, 418 EV
John F. Kennedy Jr./John Breaux: 38.9% PV, 69 EV
Paul Wellstone/Bernie Sanders: 17.6% PV, 51 EV

The Congressional Elections

With the drubbing of President Kennedy, Democrats nationwide lose big.  In some places, though, the candidate is reelected, but the party switches, as in the Alabama Senate race, where Richard Shelby switches parties.

Senate Results

Republicans: 53 (+7)
Democrats: 47 (-7)


House Results
Republicans: 240 (+39)
Democrats: 195 (-38)
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I didn't want Kennedy to go down, but it's worth it with Elvis!!!!! (will post picture of the king later)
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Presidents of the United States:
John F. Kennedy (D-MA): January 20, 1961 - January 20, 1969
John Tower (R-TX): January 20, 1969 - January 20, 1973
Hubert H. Humphrey (D-MN): January 20, 1973 - August 8, 1975
Warren Hearnes (D-MO): August 8, 1975 - January 20, 1981
Mark Hatfield (R-OR): January 20, 1981 - January 20, 1989
Lawton Chiles (D-FL): January 20, 1989 - January 20, 1993
Carroll Campbell (R-SC): January 20, 1993 - January 20, 2001
John F. Kennedy Jr. (D-MA): January 20, 2001 - January 20, 2005
Elvis Presley (R-TN): January 20, 2005 - ?

Vice Presidents of the United States:
Lyndon B. Johnson (D-TX): January 20, 1961 - January 20, 1965
George Smathers (D-FL): January 20, 1965 - January 20, 1969
Sprio Agnew (R-MD): January 20, 1969 - January 20, 1973
Warren Hearnes (D-MO): January 20, 1973 - August 8, 1975
Vacant: August 8, 1975 - January 20, 1977
Frank Church (D-ID): January 20, 1977 - January 20, 1981
George HW Bush (R-TX): January 20, 1981 - January 20, 1989
Joe Biden (D-DE): January 20, 1989 - January 20, 1993
Dan Quayle (R-IN): January 20, 1993 - January 20, 2001
John Breaux (D-LA): January 20, 2001 - January 20, 2005
Gordon Smith (R-OR): January 20, 2005 - ?
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Obama High's debate team:

"Now let me be clear...I...I...um...uh...now let me be clear.  I strongly condemn the affirmative in the strongest possible terms, and I am closely monitoring their arguments.  Let me be clear on this."
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