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POD: Ross Perot runs for President in 1992 but drops out in July, this time for good. He is elected to the U.S. Senate.
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- Ross Perot runs for President briefly, but drops out in July. In October, he announces that he will run for the U.S. Senate in Texas.
- Despite some difficulties, George Bush wins reelection against challenger Bill Clinton in a landslide, winning 52.4% of the popular vote against Clinton's 46.2%, and winning 326 electoral votes. Bush's coattails help the Republicans gain 13 Senate seats and 80 House seats, giving Republicans control of both Houses for the first time in almost forty years.
- In December, Bob Dole is re-elected as the Republican Senate Leader without opposition. In the House, the contest is fierce for Speaker between Republican Leader Bob Michael and Republican Whip Newt Gingrich. Michael is the choice of moderates while Gingrich is supported by conservatives. Although the vast majority of the incoming Republican Congressmen are conservative, they have no ability to vote in the Speaker election and ensure Michael's victory. Just before the vote, Gingrich announces his withdrawal from the Speaker's race and declares himself a candidate for Majority Leader. In the leadership elections, Michael becomes Speaker, Gingrich becomes Majority Leader, and Dick Army becomes Majority Whip.
- President Bush is sworn in for his second term on January 20, and trumpets the end of the Cold War in his inaugural address.
- President Bush appoints Michael Luttig to the Supreme Court to replace Byron White.
- In September, Bush orders an additional 35,000 American troops into Somalia to deal with warlords and terrorists. Within sixty days, the terrorists are dispersed and American forces are largely withdrawn from the country.
- In November, Ross Perot declares his candidacy for the U.S. Senate . Early polls show him running neck and neck with incumbent Lloyd Bensten (D-TX). State Treasurer Kay Bailey Hutchinson, the Republican, is far behind in the polls.
- In March, free elections are held in Somalia.
- Economists say the U.S has recovered from a mild recession.
- In April, Bush sends troops into Rwanda to end genocide there. Within weeks the situation there has been stabilized.
- In July, the last U.S. Marines leave Rwanda. Bush's approval rating soar.
- In August, tax cuts are reenacted throughout the country.
- In November, during the U.S mid term elections, Republicans widen their congressional lead picking up 4 Senate seats and 12 Congressional seats. A new Senator is Ross Perot (I-TX) who defeated incumbent Senator Lloyd Bentsen with 45% of the vote to Bensten's 43%. Republica Kay Bailey Hutchinson picks up 11%. Libertarian Pierre Blondeau picks up 1%.
- In February, Vice-President Dan Quayle forms an exploratory committee for his 1996 White House run.
- In April, U.S troops are sent to Bosnia and drive out the Serb military. The Sarajevo siege is lifted within weeks.
- In August, Senator Bob Dole of Kansas announces his candidacy for the Republican nomination for President of the United States of America.
- By October polls, show Dole leading Quayle by a considerable margin. Senator Bill Bradley (D-NJ) is the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, just ahead of Senator Al Gore (D-TN).
- In January, Dole and Bradley win their respective Iowa contests. Dole wins in New Hampshire, as does Gore on the Democratic side.
- In February. after several early primary victories in Iowa and New Hampshire, Dole crushes the unpopular Vice-President Quayle on Super Tuesday.
- In March, Quayle drops out of the race for the Republican nomination after a disastrous run in California.
- Al Gore, Bill Clinton's running mate in 1992, manages to narrowly defeat Dick Gephardt and Bill Bradley for the Democratic nomination.
- During an intensely fought and bitter election season between Dole and Gore, Dole picks Utah senator Orrin Hatch as his running mate. Gore responds by picking Delaware Senator Joe Biden as his running mate.
- In November during a nail biter election Dole defeats Gore for the presidency by 272 electoral votes to 266 electoral votes.
- In January, Robert Joseph Dole is sworn in as the 42nd President of the United States.
- In April, talks to end North Korea's nuclear program fail leading to dangerously low relations between the U.S and North Korea.
- In May, President Dole gets the U.N to impose sanctions on North Korea.
- In August, even though possible war with North Korea is looming, Dole creates tax cuts, which bolster the U.S economy in a time of uncertainty.
- In November, Dole orders a fresh wave of sanctions against North Korea.
- America falls into a deep recession, uemployment rises to 12%
- In his State of the Union address, President Dole says, "North Korea must be stopped at all costs which includes military action against the regime of Kim Jong-il."
- In February, North Korea launches a full scale surprise attack south of the border, striking U.S and South Korean military bases with missiles and by shelling Seoul.
- President Dole seeks Congress's approval for a declaration of war against North Korea. During heavy debate about what should be done, Senator Ross Perot calls on the U.S to use "intelligent action". When the final vote takes place Congress officially votes in favor of going to war with North Korea.
- Following the arrival of reinforcements, American, South Korean, British, and Japanese forces overwhelm the North Korean air force and navy. North Korea responds by sending it's reinforcements in full force towards the South Korean capital of Seoul.
- By April, heavy fighting along the Northern-Southern Korean border takes it's toll on the North Korean military. It has almost no air support left and it's artillery is immobile. U.S. and allied troops soon begin pushing back North Korean forces significantly and begin fighting the war on North Korean soil.
- In May, U.S. forces capture Pyongyang placing the capitol under South Korean administration.
- By December, all of North Korea has been occupied by U.S. forces. Armed resistance soon occurs against U.S forces. Later in the month Kim Jong-Il is found, trialed, fined and is kept alive by South Korean forces to ease tensions with the North.
- During a speech before Congress, President Dole says U.S. forces will begin a phased withdrawal from North Korea. He also states that South Korean forces will continue to occupy the north until a formal annexation and reunification can take place.
- By June, all U.S forces have been removed from North Korea. The total amount of Americans killed in action stands at 9,457.
- In September, Bob Dole is shot by a North Korean nationalist while giving a speech in San Diego, California. He is rushed to hospital and after an intense operation is announced to have survived. Unfortunately he is left with health problems having been shot twice.
- In October, Dole announces he will not be seeking a second term.
- In November, Vice-President Hatch announces that he is running for President.
- During a grueling nomination contest, Bill Bradley secures the Democratic nomination for President over Senators Joe Biden (D-DE) and Al Gore (D-TN).
- In March Bradley picks Massachusetts Senator John Kerry as his running mate. Several weeks later, Hatch chooses former Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney as his running mate.
- After several months of campaigning, Bradley/Kerry wins the election with 417 electoral votes to Hatch/Cheney's 121 electoral votes. The Republican loss is blamed on the loss of lives in the albeit successful Second Korean War and the recession.
- In January, Bradley is sworn in as President.
- In March, the Senate passes an economic stimulus package that was made to reinvigorate growth in the U.S. economy. It included in the package is the Flat Tax Act of 2001, which provides for a 11% flat income tax., President Bradley vetoes the bill.
- On September 11, Al-Qaeda terrorists successfully fly commercial aircraft into the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon and the Washington Mall. President Bradley immediately declares the War on Terrorism.
- In October, the United States and it's NATO/other alliance allies invade and occupy Afghanistan.
- Osama bin Laden is captured by U.S forces on the eastern Afghanistan-Pakistan border.
- President Bradley orders an additional 25,000 troops to be deployed to Afghanistan.
- Terrorists successfully detonate several car bombs in San Francisco, California. Though they cause few casualties, they cause fear among the American general public.
- In the mid term elections, Republicans expand their majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
- Amid calls from the American people to get tougher on the War on Terror, President Bradley orders air strikes into Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan.
- In March, Congress votes in favor of launching air strikes into Iraq to destroy a suspected nuclear weapons program. President Bradley remains silent on the matter.
- As the air strikes begin, Iraq suffers heavy losses. As a result, oil proces sky rocket to over 85 dollars a barrel.
- In June, former Vice-Presidential candidate Dick Cheney of Wyoming and Congressman Ron Paul of Texas declare their candidacy for the Republican nomination for President of the United States.
- By the end of the year, instability in Iraq spirals into much larger sectarian violence. In Afghanistan and Pakistan U.S. forces continue to fight the Taliban. In mid December, Bin Laden is sent to trial before the United Nations.
- During the Republican primaries, Cheney pulls off a sweep in most of the country, thus securing the Republican nomination. Ron Paul, despite his defeat, carries a respectable 26% of the popular vote as well as 204 delegates.
- In April, Bin Laden is sentenced to twelve life sentances by the UN international criminal court.
- In May, Cheney picks Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee to be his running mate.
- In Novembe,r the incumbent ticket of Bradley/Kerry defeats Cheney/Huckabee after winning in several key states. Two weeks later Bin Laden is put in prison despite calls for his execution.
- In January, Bradley is sworn in for his second term as President.
- In April, Bradley signs a bill that regulatory reform bill that tightens restrictions on major corporations.
- In August, U.S. special forces operatives manage to kill Al Qaeda leader Ayman Al Zawahiri in the Western Pakistani frontier province of Waziristan.
- In October instability in Iraq leads to a civil war between Saddam's regime and his Baathist loyalists and Iraq's ethnic minorities.
- In March, Bradley signs a bill that gives bonuses to businesses that produce at home and not in foreign nations.
- In August, a war breaks out between Israel and the terrorist organization Hezbollah. Bradley seeks congressional approval to send troops to invade Syria.
- In September, Bradley acquires Congressional support gives the Syrian government an ultimatum to cease supporting Hezbollah within fifteen days or face invasion. When Syria refuses, Bradley declares war.
- Over the following weeks U.S. forces make rapid advances into Syrian territory. Within two weeks U.S forces have occupied the entire country. Soon after U.S forces soon face a bloody insurgency from the Syrian population.
- In January, Illinois Senator Barack Obama declares his candidacy for President of the United States of America as a member of the Progressive Party.
- In March, Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney declares his candidacy for President. He is soon followed by Senator John McCain of Arizona and Texas Congressman Ron Paul.
- In June, Puerto Rico votes to become the 51st state in the Union. The motion passes with 57% in favor and 43% against.
- In August, Vice-President Kerry and Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) announce that they will run for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in 2008.
- In January, the highly anticipated Republican primaries occur. On the Democratic side, Senator Biden easily defeats Kerry, who drops out in January. On the Republican side their is fierce competition between Senator John McCain, Governor Mitt Romney and Congressman Ron Paul. Whoever the nominee is, they will undoubtedly face harsh competition from third-party candidate Barack Obama.
- In March, Senator Biden and Mitt Romney gain their parties respective nominations. Ron Paul announces that he will run as a Libertarian, while Obama is leading the polls amongst it all.
- In November, Obama wins the election becoming the 44th and first African American President of the United States. Biden comes in second after winning the New England states, Michigan and California. Romney comes in a disastrous third and Ron Paul finishes fourth, effectively establishing his own political entity.
- In January, Barack Hussein Obama is sworn in as the 44th President, and the first African American President, of the United States of America.