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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

1992 Clinton visits Portland Poster

This poster was created after then Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton visited Portland, Oregon during the fall of 1992. A crowd of over 10,000 supporters gathered to welcome Governor Clinton to Portland on his one day campaign swing through the state. He also visited the home of a former mill worker in the Eugene area earlier in the day.

The poster seen here was issued shortly after the campaign rally and widely distributed during the last few weeks of the campaign. It is perhaps, the last great Oregon issued campaign poster. A union bug, and disclaimer from the Democratic Party of Oregon. The photo was taken by Frank Lynch. You can often find this poster on ebay for anywhere between $10-$20 dollars.

Here a link to an article by the Eugene Register Gaurd that appeared the day after the Portland and Eugene events that summarizes the contrasting campaigns that appeared in Oregon back in 1992. The early 90s were in some ways not that different than 2012. The country was divided, folks were coming out of an economic downturn, and gay rights dominated the headlines. The Oregon Citizens Alliance, a social conservative group was promoting anti-gay rights ballot initiative Measure 9. The other big issue in Oregon was timber. President Bush and Governor Clinton both actively worked hard to win over rural Oregon timber voters

All in all, a great poster, one of the last great Oregon issued presidential posters. For more great political items, visit www.politicalcollectors.com and join up for free!
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