It's the economy, stupidOne of the biggest issues in the 1992 election season was, like in 2008, the economy. President George H. W. Bush was trying to dispel the notion he was out of touch with the American people. However, he lost points when an audience member asked him a question about the recession's effect on him. Uncomfortable, Bush kept looking at his watch. It was a bad move for him and it helped boost Clinton's campaign, which was focused on the economy.