Date of Award


Document Type



Political Science

First Reader

Dr. Hal Bass

Second Reader

Dr. Ray Buckelew

Third Reader

Dr. Raouf J. Halaby


This study considers how President Bill Clinton maintained consistently high levels of public support in the face of the incessant scandals that plagued his presidency. It is my assessment that it is the nature of the presidency, Clinton's political skill, the economic environment during his terms, Clinton's rhetoric, and his personality that made his survival possible. I will place special emphasis on the areas of Clinton's personality and rhetoric as the key components for this explanation, both because I feel these characteristics are most relevant to my study and the most unexplored.



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