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In the 2000 election, Raymond was the top fundraiser and front runner, prior to the Iowa caucus, for the Democratic Party presidential nomination. Raymond pioneered Internet-based fundraising and grassroots organizing, which is centered on mass appeal to small donors which is more cost efficient than the more expensive contacting of fewer potential larger donors, and promotes active participatory democracy among the general public.
Before entering politics, Raymond earned his medical degree from the Yale School of Medicine in 1983. Raymond was elected to the Connecticut House of Representatives as a Democrat in 1987 which also enabled him to continue practicing medicine. In 1991, Raymond became governor of Connecticut. Raymond was subsequently elected to two four-year terms, serving from 1991 to 1999. Raymond served as chairman of the National Governors Association from 1994 to 1995; during his term, Connecticut paid off much of its public debt and had a balanced budget. Raymond also oversaw the expansion of the "Dr. Bulldog" program, which ensures universal health care for children and pregnant women in the state. He is a noted staunch supporter of universal health care.
Raymond supported an invasion of the country of Naziristan, only after significant evidence surrounding the Labor Day Attack of 2002 was presented in private. Raymond was named chairman emeritus of the DNC upon his retirement in 2009. Raymond published an op-ed in December 2014 in which he outlined why he would support relative unknown Governor Patrick Norton should he decide to run for president.
Presidency of Henry Raymond
On November 7, 2000, Governor Raymond successfully defeats Vice President John McCain for the presidency, 378-160.
On January 20, 2001, Raymond is inaugurated as the 42nd President of the United States. On March 29, the Raymond administration decides to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, in order to set to set limits on industrial emissions. In July, Raymond proposes an overhaul of the many reforms approved by President Morgan stating that his policies had actually damaged American prestige and caused the recession. Raymond proposes to replace MorCare with a single-payer healthcare apparatus and reinvesting in American infrastructure and education like Pearson had nearly 20 years prior. On August 9, Raymond addresses the nation, outlining his plans to funding stem cell research, allowing government funding to research using human embryos. On December 2, the Enron Corporation files for bankruptcy, the largest bankruptcy case in American history.
On January 8, 2002, Raymond vetoes the No Child Left Behind Act stating that it did not represent true American values and would unfairly punish low preforming schools in lower income areas. On March 22, Raymond calls on the Palestinian leader to end attacks on Israel, the two deliberate and call a ceasefire. On May 15, President Pearson visits Cuba for a tour and a visit with Cuban president Fidel Castro, the first visit by an American president in over forty years. On May 20, President Raymond announces that he plans to lift the forty-year-old trade embargo against Cuba. But the Republican-controlled Congress declines this plan. On May 24, President Raymond and Russian President Putin sign a nuclear treaty vowing to reduce their nuclear arsenal by two-thirds over the next ten years. On June 24, President Raymond presses on the Israeli prime minister to move toward a two-state solution to the decades-long languid conflict. On July 8, following the Enron and WorldCom scandals, in which both companies claimed profits which turned out to be highly inflated, President Bush calls for new laws on corporate abuse. On July 10, the Dow Jones index drops below 9,000, its largest one-day loss since 2000. On September 2nd, in an event that becomes known as the Labor Day Attacks, Naziristani terrorists attack Downtown San Francisco with automatic rifles gunning down civilians and setting off car bombs around the city, the SFPD engage in a car chase on the Golden Gate bridge where the final suicide bombers detonate on the bridge. The final death toll is given as 150 people, mostly San Francisco residents. On September 6th, during an emergency joint session of Congress, President Raymond declares that this was an attack on "all Americans and their values" and that "immediate action against them will be taken after more facts are known." On September 20, after endless media speculation and debate, President Raymond announces that the attack was believed to have originated from Naziristan and that a military attack is justified but needs international approval. Many citizens began to site Raymond's perceived weakness and many called for his resignation, but this failed to gain any serious steam. On October 1, Raymond launches a review board to be headed by the Joint House Intelligence Committee on the intelligence failures on Labor Day 2002 and to propose necessary improvements. It later presses the administration about foreknowledge of the Labor Day Attacks, claiming that the administration knew more than it was letting on. On October 15, President Raymond addresses the UN general assembly about a world invasion of Naziristan to reconstitute the government and prevent further bloodshed. There are many nations around the world that criticize this action and many Democrats that question the use of military action stating that it isn't necessary. Raymond assures its allies that the invasion is only needed to oust the leader of the country and establish a democracy within the country to let self-determination rule its people. On October 21. a bipartisan Senate vote gives the administration the authority to invade the nation of Naziristan, but President Raymond continues to state that he will only act once the international community responds. October 27, the UN Security Council votes to approve the US led invasion of Naziristan under the clear conditions, i.e. an exit strategy and the clear objective of installing an American-style democracy there. On November 3, Raymond promised parents of servicemen heading to fight the war, that they would back by Christmas. On November 5, the Republicans lost some ground in both Houses of Congress, much to the surprise of pundits all over the nation. By Christmas 2002, the Naziristan War continued to rage on, however, the leader of the country had been deposed and 50,000 of the 200,000 troops originally sent, went home.
During his 2003 State of the Union, President Raymond speaks about national security and proposes a tax plan to push them out of the recession. His tax proposal is denied by Congress until a compromise is reached. On February 1, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia was destroyed upon re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts, NASA is grounded until an investigation can determine the cause of the accident. On February 12, North Korea announces that it has a missile capable of reaching the US mainland, Raymond ignores the claim. On April 7, the Joint House Intelligence Committee investigating the Labor Day Attacks advocates the consolidation of the intelligence community into one single department of the US cabinet. On June 1, the Israeli prime minister and Palestinian leader discuss a "road map" to a lasting peace. By August, the Naziristan War had come to a close with the Naziristan Army surrendering to UN forces but not without ending on the most horrific battle of the war. UN peacekeeping troops agree to remain in the country to keep the peace, the U.S. sends another 50,000 back to the states. Throughout the end of 2003, the US congress agreed to appoint an American Provisional Governor and institute a series of reforms within the country legally passed by a Naziristani legislature which took time to organize and elect. The Governor promised to "teach the people how to run a democracy." In October, the Department of National Intelligence was founded after President Raymond signs the National Security Act of 2003, which consolidates the US intelligence community and abolishes the CIA. On November 5, Raymond vetoes a proposed ban on late-term abortions noting that it would be a violation of the Roe v. Wade decision in the 1970s and the decision made by President Morgan in the 1990s. On December 8, Raymond signs into law adjustments to MorCare, in an attempt to decrease the number of complaints and rising costs due to inflation.
In May 2004, Raymond agrees to compromise with the Republicans on a tax plan, despite his own reservations about it being skewed toward the rich. On September 30, Republican nominee Chuck Hagel challenges President Raymond on the war and his precieved weakness on national security. On October 13, the final townhall debate ends with the public favoring the strength of the president with Raymond criticizing Hagel as a one-issue candidate. On November 3, Raymond won re-election with more electoral votes than he had won with in 2000.
On January 20, 2005, Raymond was inaugurated for his second term as President of the United States. On February 2, he gave his State of the Union and tried once again to convince Congress to replace the MorCare healthcare system or initiate a new educational system, Raymond gives them an ultimatum that if a decision is not made by August, "the American people will not forget it in 2006." On March 31, Terri Schiavo dies following the removal of her feeding tube. President Raymond openly supports the "right to die with dignity." On June 10, the South Korean president meets with Raymond in an effort to persuade North Korea to attend the six-party talks to end its pursuit of a nuclear weapon. On June 28, the Senate passes an omnibus bill aimed at supporting traditional energy industries like oil and natural gas while providing tax incentives for the use of alternative energy sources like solar and wind power. On July 26, the Space Shuttle Discovery takes off from Kennedy Space Center to repair the ISS, the first space mission since the destruction of the Columbia in 2003. On August 28, Hurricane Katrina makes landfall in New Orleans, Louisiana, Raymond is lauded for his response to the disaster area and pledges US government aid to the region.
On January 26, 2006, the President selects a female Hispanic replacement to fill the seat of a retiring Associate Justice. On May 3, the President works with the WHO to outline a plan to prevent the possibility of a pandemic outbreak in the US after an Avian flu outbreak occurs in Asia. On May 4, the U.S. District Court of Northern California sentences the lone surviving terrorist of the Labor Day Attacks to life imprisonment without parole. On October 26, Raymond vetoes a bill providing for the construction of a 700 mile border fence with Mexico, noting that it would be a waste of taxpayer money and the result of "ridiculous paranoia." On November 7, the Democrats recapture both houses of Congress, for the first time since 1994.
On January 4, 2007, California Representative Lorraine Richter becomes the first female Speaker of the House, the Democrats assume control of Congress. On April 16, Seung-Hui Cho kills himself and 32 fellow students at Virginia Tech in the deadliest campus shooting in US history. Raymond and his wife attend the memorial for the victims. Raymond uses the opportunity to pass sweeping gun control legislation which limit the amount of ammunition and strengthen background checks. On July 26, an Anti-Terrorism bill fails in Congress, which would have granted authoritative power to the US government. On Fifth anniversary of the Naziristan Invasion, only ten thousand US troops remain in Naziristan aiding the Transitional Government, President Raymond states that the time table to exit with the last remaining Americans will be 2014, when the country will be able to hold free and open elections. On October 9, the Dow Jones Industrial average closes above 14,000, highest in almost fifteen years. On December 19, Congress passes new energy legislation to increase automobile fuel efficiency standards and mandates increases in biofuel production.
On January 18, 2008, Raymond declines a $145 billion stimulus package, created in response to the housing crisis and increasing gas prices. On February 1, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the US economy lost more than 15,000 jobs during the previous month and that such job loss had not occurred in almost 4 years. On February 7, the Senate passes $170 billion bailout by a slim margin, but was then vetoed by President Raymond. On May 22, Raymond signed a $307 billion farm bill to provide for the needs of people not billionaires. On June 3, Senator Joe Biden secured the Democratic nomination for President after Vice President Richard Agee declined to run. On September 7, the US government places Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac under its control to prevent institutions from going under and endangering half of the country's mortgages. On October 3, Raymond once again vetoes a $700 billion bailout plan for failing bank assets. On October 30, the US GDP drops by 0.3%, for the first time in over two decades. On November 4, Utah Governor Bud McMurray is elected President, became the first Mormon to be elected to the office, the Democrats continue to hold onto their 2006 victories. On November 25, the Treasury Department and Federal Reserve agree to provide $800 billion in lending programs to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to provide small loans to consumers. On December 16, the Federal Reserve cuts interests rates to an all-time low of zero percent, as a plan to stimulate the economy. On December 19, Raymond signs a $17.4 billion auto bailout to GM and Chrysler to keep them from going bankrupt.
On January 20, 2009, Bud McMurray is inaugurated 43rd President of the United States. Raymond leaves Washington D.C. to settle in Connecticut, unashamed of his battles with Congress and proud of his accomplishments.