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President Russert

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January 1, 1984

After briefly flirting with a career in journalism, Tim Russert decides to stay in politics. He is mulling over a possible run for the U.S. Congress in 1988.

September 1, 1988

Russert has now worked for a variety of campaigns, including senatorial, congressional, mayoral, and has even lent his services to a gubernatorial race. After easily breezing through the primaries of the 27th US. Congress District of New York, he is now ready to face Republican James T. Walsh for the open seat.

November 8, 1988

Although a rough year for Democrats, Tim Russert narrowly defeats James T. Walsh for the open 27th seat. Many credit his dry-erase board approach as helping to make him more "human" to the voters.

January 3, 1989

Timothy John Russert, of Buffalo, New York, is officially sworn in as a member of the 101st Congress, representing the 27th district in Buffalo.

March 30, 1990

Russert is becoming increasingly known as "Professor Tim" because of his continued use of the dry-erase board.

April 5, 1990

Russert introduces legislation to provide maternity leave for expectant fathers.

April 19, 1990

When the legislation finally reaches President Bush's desk, it is vetoed. "It wouldn't be prudent," Bush said. "Fathers are responsible for earning an income, not taking leave."

April 26, 1990

After severely criticizing President Bush as being "hypocritical", Russert begins to get national attention. He is even mentioned on the show "Meet the Press".

January 1, 1991

Russert begins the new year already mulling over a run for President in 1992. He will decide against it however by the middle of the month because he believes he is too inexperienced. He decides to focus on reelection to the U.S. Congress instead.

November 14, 1992

Russert is easily reelected.

December 1, 1992

Russert meets Bill Clinton, the new President-Elect. The two men "hit it off" and have a very cordial conversation. Clinton mentions his plans for putting his wife in charge of starting universal health care and Russert mentions that it may not be a wise idea to do that in case it backfires.

June 1, 1993

President Clinton begins his health care plan. He appoints C. Everett Koop to head the task force. While Koop personally opposes the plan, he helped design, and structure a new system.

June 21, 1993

Because of a more coordinated effort from conservative republicans, Clinton's health care plan is unsuccessful. However, the political setback is not as severe ATL.

January 1, 1994

Russert goes on Meet the Press for the first time to discuss how the first year of the Clinton administration is going. He says that although the scandals cause distraction, that should be a non-issue. "The real issue," he says, "is how effectively does he govern and whether people from the other side of the aisle will cooperate with him and allow him to govern."

January, 1996

Al Gore announces that he will not seek the Vice Presidency in the upcoming office. He has decided to retire to private life and devote his life to his pet cause, the environment. The real reason, of course, is that he has had a falling out with President Clinton.

March, 1996

In a surprise move, President Clinton asks the likeable and personable Tim Russert to be his running mate for the '96 elections. Clinton mentions that he has always felt that Russert was his staunchest ally.

November, 1996

Clinton/Russert defeat Dole/Kemp in a landslide, by well over 200 electoral votes.

September, 1998

Although most of Russert's term has been largely unremarkable, the Monica Lewinsky scandal has now come roaring onto the scene. Russert continues to support his president. During a speech he mentions the following to thunderous applause. "This is a private matter between the President and First Lady. I am disgusted at how the Republicans have continually refused to cooperate and work with this president. The president cheated. So what? Gingrich and Co. need to quit being sore losers and engaging in witch hunts!"

Russert's inspiring speech is carried by most major networks and the Republicans decide not to press the issue because "it could very easily backfire on us", according to Newt Gingrich. October, 1998

Former Vice President Al Gore predictably distances himself from Clinton and denounces the President for his role in covering up his infidelities.

November, 1998

Republicans gain two House seats in the mid-term elections but lose one in the Senate. Newt Gingrich retains his position as Speaker of the House.


Newt Gingrich and George W. Bush prepare for a head-to-head fight for the 2000 Republican nomination. Meanwhile, Al Gore announces his candidacy for the Democrat nomination against Vice President Tim Russert.

January, 2000

Newt Gingrich defeats George Bush and Steve Forbes in the Iowa caucuses, meanwhile, Tim Russert narrowly defeats Al Gore 51%-49% in the Democrat caucuses.

February, 2000

John McCain wins the New Hampshire primary over Gingrich and Bush, Gingrich wins Delaware and over Bush but McCain wins South Carolina and becomes the Republican front-runner.

Al Gore pulls a major upset by winning the Democrat primary by 8% of the vote. Russert wins Delaware while Gore wins Washington state.

March, 2000

On Super-Tuesday, Gingrich wins the South, McCain wins California, Ohio, and New England, but this time McCain is ahead in delegates and Newt drops out within a month.

On the Democrat side, wins the South and parts of the Mid-West but Russert gains the lead and keeps it.

April, 2000

Al Gore withdraws from the Democrat primary, while Gingrich withdraws from the Republican primaries.

July, 2000

Russert chooses Bob Graham as his running mate, while McCain picks Bush as his running mate.

November, 2000

Russert beats McCain by a mere 291,000 votes nation-wide and two electoral votes.

January, 2001

Timothy John Russert is sworn in as the 43rd. President of the United States at 12:00 Noon EST. In his speech President Russert asserts the need to bring America together again and promises to confront America's challenges head on.

February, 2001

Russert calls his method of governing by a new term: Common-sense Liberalism.

March, 2001

With the urging of Former President Clinton, Russert begins pondering what to do about a Memo he had received from him which stated that "Osama Bin Laden is determined to strike in the U.S."

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