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Timothy McVeigh, a United States Army veteran with plans to carry out a terrorist attack in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma chooses a better and more devastating target and cancels his previous plan. He decides to assassinate both President Clinton and Vice President Gore.
After four years of planning McVeigh puts his plan into action. On March 8 1995 during a joint rally between President Clinton and Vice President Gore in Charleston, South Carolina, McVeigh detonates a large truck bomb, instantly killing President Clinton and Vice President Gore.
A shocked Newt Gingrich is sworn in as President of the United States. McVeigh is swiftly tracked down and is killed in a firefight with FBI agents.
Gingrich's first act as President is to order two weeks of mourning for President Clinton and Vice President Gore. A state funeral is held for both the President and Vice President.
In the media many liberal pundits who are angry with the immediate shift in power, call for Gingrich to step down as President.
Calling the liberal pundits "ghoulish", Gingrich refuses and two weeks later appoints Gulf War hero Collin Powell to be the next Vice President of the United States.
On April 22, 1995 Collin Powell is sworn in as the 46th and first African American Vice President of the United States of America.
President Gingrich begins to lay the groundwork for his new administration. Fearing liberal backlash, Gingrich ensures that few members of the former Clinton cabinet will be replaced.
In a speech before a crowded Missouri state capitol Richard Gephardt declares his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States of America.
In a statement on national television President Gingrich announces that he will be seeking the Republican nomination for President in 1996.
Gephardt immediately takes to the campaign trail and begins to blast Gingrich for his far-right stance on the issues.
Opinion polls show that exactly 50% of people approve of the job that Gingrich is doing.
Colin Powell announces he will not seek another term. Many liberal pundits speculate that he is having disagreements with Gingrich. Privately, however, it is only because Powell has never had any desire to be Vice President of the United States.