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Bud McMurray
Timeline: Pearson Wins

OTL equivalent: Based on Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman, as well as some aspects of John McCain. But not a direct counterpart.

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Portrait of Bud McMurray

43rd President of the United States
January 20, 2009 – until January 20, 2017 (term expires)

Predecessor: Henry Raymond
Successor: (To be determined by the outcome of the 2016 presidential election)
Vice President: John Boyer

Governor of Utah
January 3, 2005 – January 3, 2009

Predecessor: Olene Walker
Successor: Gary Herbert

United States Ambassador to China
February 14, 1996 – May 1, 2001

Predecessor: J. Stapleton Roy
Successor: Clark T. Randt, Jr.
Born: Jared McMurray, Jr.

December 29, 1947 (age 68)
Reno, Nevada, U.S.

Political Party: Republican party
Religion: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormonism)
Profession: Businessman, diplomat, politician
Jared "Bud" McMurray, Jr. (born December 29, 1947) is an American politician, businessman, diplomat and since 2009, the 43rd and current President of the United States. Prior to being elected president, he served as the 16th Governor of Utah from 2005 to 2009, and as United States Ambassador to China from 1996 to 2001. He has served in the administrations of four U.S. Presidents.

He began his career as a White House staff assistant for Robert Pearson, and was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce by Tom Bradley. He was also selected as an Ambassador to China from 1996 to 2001 under Morgan. Later as Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, he launched global trade negotiations in Hong Kong in 2001 and guided the accession of China into the World Trade Organization. He also served as CEO of his family-owned McMurray Corporation and chairman of the McMurray Cancer Foundation.

While governor, he was named Chairman of the Western Governors Association, and joined the Executive Committee of the National Governors Association. Under his leadership, Utah was named the best managed state in America by the Pew Center on the States. He left office with approval ratings over 80% and in-state opinion polling stated that he would've almost certainly have won re-election if he had run in 2008.

Presidency of Bud McMurray

On January 20, 2009, Bud McMurray was inaugurated as the 43rd President of the United States, after besting Senator Joe Biden. McMurray ran a campaign selling "strength" after heavily criticizing Senator Biden's weaknesses and cavalier attitude toward the US military and violations of the Morgan Doctrine, which held that no American activities will take place if it does not benefit the US economy. During his inauguration speech, he spoke of a "renewed vision" for America. by which citizens would be given a McMurray's first act of Congress was to rewrite most of the reforms attempted by President Raymond. Morgan stated that Morgan's presidency had significantly undermined everything that President Morgan was trying to accomplish. He vowed to continue President Morgan's MorCare program, approving Congressional funds for the program until 2020. Though President McMurray had originally ran on a campaign to "restore America." President McMurray turned his attention from an Infrastructure Reinvestment project toward a plan to increase the militarization of the United States on a scale not seen since World War Two. He cited that the increased militarization would create jobs in the private sector. He was unsuccessful with stripping federal and states funds to Planned Parenthood and eliminating most forms of welfare including food stamps and cash aid. He did propose a Veterans Bill to increase benefits, college tuition and job opportunities for G.I. coming home from foreign conflict. He was heavily against stem-cell research and scientific applications for cloning and wrote an executive order banning them. McMurray spent the remainder of his time in office dedicated to economic development and limiting of government power to the lowest levels in many years.

The Democratic party lost their dominance of the House and control was returned to the Republican party. Throughout 2011 and 2012, President McMurray worked in concert with his allies in Congress to successfully strip Planned Parenthood funding and sponsored a proposal to cut taxes for people making $100,000 in a bid to increase the purchasing power of more wealthy individuals and signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2013 at the end of the year. McMurray was re-elected in one of the closest margins in U.S. history (270-261). McMurray painted the Democrats as too weak to handle the possibilities presented by the future. McMurray hoped the tax cut would ease the economic strain made under the Raymond administration. Significant funding increases were given to NASA. McMurray decided to write around the 1967 Outer Space Treaty in order to allow the placement of space weapons in Low Earth Orbit by 2018. He also hoped he could use the money to pay for an increase of funding to "rebuild the U.S. military." Since the end of the Second Russian Civil War was steadily approaching, as well as heightened tensions with China. McMurray announced financial sanctions against Russia for its intervention in Crimea. McMurray warned President Kharlakov of possible UN military action against Russia if it continues. On September 14, 2014, McMurray signed the Armed Forces Appropriations bill which would authorize the addition of five aircraft carriers slated for completion by 2019/2020 and a bolstering of American military posture for the first time since the Cold War to counter the Russian military build-up that has exploded under Kharlakov. In November, the Republicans lose some ground but hold onto their 2010 victory in Congress.

On January 20, 2015, McMurray delivers his annual State of the Union address and declares that America's strength is the most important thing to ensure American prosperity. On March 3, McMurray signs a bill approving funding increases to the National Intelligence Department. Throughout the year, McMurray signed bills limiting government power after the small increases in government power made over the last 15 years.

On January 12, 2016, McMurray delivered his next State of the Union, he set forth his goals for the next four years and for making the 21st century, the American century. He outlined a plan to partake in a global world tour to build relations by projecting America's new strength and forming alliances, presumably for a possible future war with Russia. McMurray went on to state that he supported his Vice President's campaign for the Republican nomination for President.

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