Parties and Platforms

Campaigns and Nominations

Do modern candidates go back to campaign methods of previous eras?

Interestingly so, yes. Although air travel is by far the most expedient way of reaching the voting populace, several recent candidates tried a more grassroots approach. In both 1992 and 1996, for example, Democrat Bill Clinton and his running mate, Al Gore, launched their campaign with an extensive bus tour across several states. The public seemed refreshed by this method of campaigning, and supporters cheered them on at bus stops and along the highways. In 1992, Republican nominee George Bush reenacted the “whistle stop” campaign era, as he traveled by train to several cities, delivering his message from the rear platform of the train.


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