Clinton's '96 Hopes May Just Ride On Regulation

Economists have teamed up with political scientists in the past to correlate an incumbent President's reelection prospects to the rate of growth in the economy. Not surprisingly, voters tend to reelect Presidents or their party's successors when times are good in the 12 months before the election and dismiss them when times are bad. Remember Gerald Ford's untimely recession, Jimmy Carter's runaway inflation, and George Bush's tortoiselike recovery?

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