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The political System in America American Civilisation
Presidential Elections Primaries Conventions Summer Election of the electoral college November Election of the President by the electoral College Mi-december Majority of electors in a State => collect all the electors of that state
Rules for a presidential election Number of electors ? 538 How many votes a candidate must gather to be elected ? 270
What are the strategic states to win presidential elections ? Michigan Ohio Pennsylvania New-York North Carolina Georgia Florida Texas California Illinois
You can become the next president when you do not win the popular votes 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Democrats Republicans 1988 1992 1996 2000 DUKAKIS BUSH CLINTON BUSH CLINTON DOLE BUSH GORE
Democrats or Republicans ? Traditionalism Patriotism Conservatism Puritanism Freedom – free trade – free competition Minorities integration Fight against black segregation Fight against aborption rights Federalism Patriot Act Help salaries, consumers and minorities Help CEO, businessmen and families Take care of social welfare Fight for better work condition Democrats Republicans
Organization of parties Number of « Independants » : In the House ? In the Senate ? 2 1
Who is he ? humble clever courageous loveable 1980: his first defeat 1992: elected President (43%) 1996: re-election (49,2%)
Who is Mr President Bush ? power intelligent enormous 1994: Elected Governor of Texas 1998: Reelected Governor of Texas 2000: Republican candidate for the presidential elections with this campaign:« compassionate conservatism »
The Scandals in the States ? 4 3 2 1 adultery false-testimony Bill Clinton 1998 Monicagate illicit obtaining of 900 cards-FBI on Republicans by the Security Service Bill Clinton 1996 Filegate sales of weapons in Iran implication of an adviser of the white house Ronald Reagan 1986 Irangate burgling of the offices of the Democrats Reagan resigned in 1974 Richard Nixon 1974 Watergate Facts ? Which president ? When ?