The State of the Union: 1993-2000
Updated: January 27, 2000
President Clinton delivered his final State of the Union address under far less dramatic circumstances than he did in 1999 and 1998. Two years ago, Clinton's speech to Congress and the nation came during the first news reports about Monica S. Lewinsky. A year later, Clinton was on trial in the Senate, impeached by the House for lying under oath about his relationship with the former White House intern.
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President Clinton's State of the Union addresses:
2000: 'Great goals, worthy of a great nation'
1999: 'A stronger 21st Century America'
1998: 'Save Social Security first'
1997: 'National crusade for education'
1996: 'The era of big government is over'
1995: 'We must forge a new social compact'
1994: 'Reforming the health care system'
1993: 'Our nation needs a new direction'
Clinton's 2000 State of the Union address marked a return to the activist agenda he outlined in his first speeches to Congress, before the GOP took over Congress in the 1994 elections and the president declared in his 1996 State of the Union that the "era of big government is over."
Major Topic Index
Compare President Clinton's statements in each year's major address to Congress by clicking on the year beside each topic in the table below.
Note: Years that are not linked mean President Clinton did not make significant comments on the listed subject.
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