Bill Clinton Ran Against Gingrich in 1996 in 3 Ads

Building a bridge to the 21st century did not involve the expectation of another chance for Democrats to run against the party of Gingrich in 2012

University of Maryland political science professor Thomas Schaller points us to these Museum of the Moving Image advertisements from 1996 showing incumbent Democrat Bill Clinton running against Newt Gingrich and the "Dole-Gingrich" ticket in three advertisements in 1996, and the Dole-Kemp ticket responding in one that featured the then-Speaker. For those who didn't live through the political fights of the mid-90s, it's hard to recall how extraordinarily toxic Gingrich was on the national scene after the government shut-down at the end of 1995. These ads serve as a reminder -- and also as a bittersweet reminder of what a pre-9/11, pre-Iraq and Afghanistan wars campaign in an era of economic prosperity looked like.

The Dole-Kemp campaign responded to one of the ads featuring Gingrich:

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Garance Franke-Ruta is a former senior editor covering national politics at The Atlantic.

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