Candidate Clinton vs. President Clinton

Candidate Bill Clinton: Promised to increase minimum wagePresident Bill Clinton: Wants to keep the wage the sameCandidate Bill Clinton: Attacked Bush’s policy of sending illegal Haitians back to HaitiPresident Bill Clinton: Decided to maintain Bush’s policy on Haiti.Candidate Clinton, campaign ad, January 1992″I’ve offered a comprehensive plan to get our economy moving again….It starts with a tax cut on the middle class.”Candidate Clinton, Jan. 12, 1992″I want to make it very clear that this middle-class tax cut, in my view, is central to any attempt we’re going to make to have a short-term economic strategy.”President-elect Clinton, Jan 14, 1993″From New Hampshire forward, for reasons that absolutely mystify me, the press thought the most important issue in the race was the middle class tax cut. I never did meet any voter who thought that.”President Clinton, first Oval Office address, Feb. 15, 1993″I had hoped to invest in your [the middle class’s] future…without asking more of you. And I’ve worked harder than I’ve ever worked in my life to meet that goal. But I can’t.”Candidate Clinton, last presidential debate, Lansing Mich., Oct. 19, 1992″The real mistake he [President Bush] made was the ‘read my lips’ promise in the first place. You just can’t promise something like that just to get elected if you know there’s a good chance that circumstances may overtake you.”President-elect Clinton, press conference, Jan. 14, 1993″We have a structural deficit that is too high. The American people would think I was foolish if I said I will not respond to changing circumstances.”