Raw footage for The 90's election specials. President George H.W. Bush travels and speaks throughout Georgia on his Presidential Whistle Stop Tour.
00:00Copy video clip URL Footage from one of the presidential debates shot off a TV monitor. Governor Bill Clinton and Bush disagree over Iraq and Saddam Hussein. Bush says the recession is a worldwide phenomenon that the U.S. will lead the world out of. Bush’s closing remarks center on character and trust.
10:15Copy video clip URL Static video.
18:41Copy video clip URL Footage of train. Workers attach a presidential seal to the locomotive, which reads “The Presidential Whistle Stop Tour 1992.” There is footage from the train; crowds line up along the tracks.
27:06Copy video clip URL Bush speaks to enthusiastic supporters in Norcross, GA. The camera has difficulty capturing his speech over the noise of the crowd. Barbara is with him and he says that she is the best First Lady. He tells the crowd that “it’s not over until Cabrera swings.” He talks about the debate the night before and says it is frightening that Clinton might do for the nation what he has done for Arkansas. Bush calls Ross Perot “that feisty little guy from Dallas.” He attacks Clinton’s plan for healthcare and taxes; he says to Clinton “You cannot waffle. You cannot turn the White House into the Waffle House.” He invokes the Atlanta Braves several times.
42:12Copy video clip URL Workers watch the train pass. There is none of the waving or signs of the supporters at the stops.
43:18Copy video clip URL The train arrives Gainesville. Bush is accompanied by South Carolina Governor Carroll Campbell and his wife Iris, South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond, Marvin Bush, Laura Bush, and the twins Barbara and Jenna. Bush gives a similar speech. He differentiates himself from Clinton on taxes, education, and crime. He repeats the line about Cabrera. He concludes saying that the threat of nuclear war is gone, that America is the most respected country in the world because of its leadership, and that the best days are ahead.
55:24Copy video clip URL Bush adviser speaks to reporters. She calls Clinton’s people “masters of spin” referring to some activity in Wyoming and Texas. She says that the Clinton staff will panic on November 2nd, “James’ hair is going to fall out.” She says their focus is on the choice between Clinton’s trickle-down government and Bush’s holding taxes and spending.
59:43Copy video clip URL Tape ends.