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"The Era of Big Government is Over:" Clinton's 1996 State of the Union
In his 1996 reelection, President Clinton’s tried to claim the role as the fiscal responsibility candidate from the Republicans, much like President Obama is trying to do today. In his State of the Union that year, he famously said, "The era of big government is over." Take a look at the Address, a pivotal moment in his reelection campaign. Original air date: January 26, 1996. Moderator: Ken Bode. Panelists: Gloria Borger, US News and World Report; Alan Murray, Wall Street Journal; Todd Purdum, The New York Times; Mara Liasson, NPR.