A Thousand Points of Light: George H.W. Bush and the 1988 Election
George H.W. Bush had three significant obstacles to overcome if he wanted to be elected president in 1988. The first was that Bush’s election seemed to be a referendum on eight years of the Reagan presidency. Americans were split over that legacy with conservatives wanting to build on his economic and foreign policy achievements in the Cold War, while liberals wanted to stop a third consecutive term by a conservative Republican. The recent Iran-Contra hearings had damaged the Reagan presidency and fed the partisanship.