The Presidency of William Jefferson Clinton
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Perhaps the inspiration for William Jefferson Clinton to present himself as a "New Democrat" in the 1992 presidential election can be traced to Joe Duffey's failure to win the Connecticut Senate seat for the Democratic Party in 1980. Clinton had worked hard in Duffey's campaign, and he was one of many Duffey supporters who received a letter from the candidate explaining his failure to win the election. Clinton said the Democratic Leadership Council stood for a modern, mainstream agenda: the expansion of opportunity, not bureaucracy; choice in public school and child care; responsibility and empowerment for poor people; and reinventing government, away from the top-down bureaucracy of the industrial era, more flexible, more innovative model appropriate for the modern global economy. Clinton's belief in globalization and its positive attributes may have caused him to underestimate the growing dangers inherent in the North Korean refusal to allow inspections of its nuclear program by the International Atomic Energy Agency.