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|United States presidential election, 1996|
|November 8, 1996|
|Nominee||Bob Kerrey||George Bush|
|Running mate||Mario Cuomo||Alexander Haig|
The United States presidential election of 1996 was the 52nd quadrennial presidential election, held on Tuesday, November 8, 1996. Incumbent Bob Kerrey defeated Conservative Intelligence Director George Bush in the general election. Bush had been the Director of the Intelligence Division since its installation in 1978, and although the Division was handled with a significantly greater amount of transparency and oversight than the Internal Investigative Service, the entire intelligence world was still viewed with some manner of suspicion. Documents leaked in October, 1996, that implied that Bush had professional ties with deceased and disgraced IIS head John M. Butler in 1966 were even more damning, and Bush was defeated in a landslide.