Politics and National Issues Next Chapter

Edited by: CQ Press

In: Congress and the Nation, 1985-1988, Vol. VII: The 99th and 100th Congresses

Chapter : Politics and National Issues

Edited by: CQ Press

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781483302706.n1

Subject: Congress

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Politics and National Issues
Politics and national issues
Introduction

Ronald Reagan was voted into office in 1980 with 55 percent of the popular vote. He won re-election in 1984 with 59 percent of the vote, and he left office in January 1989 more popular, according to public opinion polls, than when he had entered. In that eight years, Reagan restored the nation's sense of self-esteem, left an economy far more robust than it was when he assumed the presidency and participated in the beginnings of a thaw in the cold war.

Reagan's legacy was not uniformly positive. He also left the nation with the biggest budget and trade deficits in its history, an unsettled confrontation in Nicaragua and the unsettling residue of the Iran-contra scandal. Congress, so dominated by ...

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