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However, it can also be used to demonstrate the ways in which the candidate is quintessentially a representative of his political party. In certain instances, the example is set not by the position itself but by the justification for the position. Toward the end of his first term in office, President Bill Clinton signed a welfare reform bill that appeared to be in direct opposition to the Democratic party's historical belief in governmental support for the economically disadvantaged. A political analyst observed, "He signed the welfare bill over the warnings of advisers that it not only would infuriate liberal backers but might hurt Democratic congressional candidates as well." Yet Clinton justified his actions by observing that "a badly broken welfare system had to be fixed and that the chance to do so might not come again, so the best course was to sign what everyone considered to be a seriously flawed bill and then try after reelection to remedy its defects." His explanation helped reconcile fellow party members to his actions, eventually allowing them to see it as consistent with Democratic Party philosophy.

The ways in which Clinton and his Republican opponent, Senator Bob Dole, differed on environmental issues during the 1996 campaign clearly demonstrates the differences in philosophy that mark how divergent the Democratic and Republican parties are in viewing the manner in which the democratic process should be put into action. Democrats, for exa

 
 
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