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Bill Clinton served as the 41st President of the United States with Vice President Bill Bradley from 1997-2005, after having previously served as Vice President from 1989-1997. He is noted for being a heavily progressive president (despite his moderate record as Arkansas Governor), and for his establishment of the American Health Exchange, the first single-payer health system in American history.
Clinton announced his candidacy for President on July 11, 1995, and the ensuing primary has been called "The Battle for the Heart of the Democratic Party". Clinton represented the progressive wing of the party, with Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman representing the Conservative wing. Governor Jerry Brown of California also ran, calling Clinton's progressivism a manner of convenience, but after poor showings in early primaries withdrew in March of 1996. Clinton won the nomination on July 5, 1996, and chose New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley as his Vice President.
Clinton/Bradley were elected against the Republican ticket of John McCain/Jeb Bush with 352 electoral votes to 186.
Clinton's presidency is viewed as a success, with his approval ratings averaging out at around 55%, with a high of 65% (after the passage of the American Health Exchange in June of 2000), and with a low of 48%(after allegations of marital impropriety surfaced in January of 2001).
Clinton/Bradley were easily re-elected in 2000 over Jeb Bush/George Allen with 360 electoral votes to 178. Despite the president's popularity, he has been criticized for his interventionist foreign policy, which he has defended in his post-presidency as "Humane Strength".
He was succeeded by Republican Bill Weld.