April 1, 1992 – Maybe April Fools Day to some, but to voters in Vermont, California Governor Jerry Brown scored for-real huge gains with voters to the tune of 46%, while Governor Bill Clinton ran a distant 3rd with 17%. The Vermont caucuses were less than a week ahead of primaries in New York, Wisconsin and Kansas. Even though he picked up only six delegates, Brown was gratified at the results. With two wins in two weeks, the Brown campaign was confident and said momentum was on its side. Sources close to the campaign speculated that the victory in Vermont would provide a bounce for the primaries coming up in a week and that, as of now it was a dead-heat. The Clinton campaign disagreed, saying voters in New York really don’t care much what they think, but it was an imperative that Clinton get back into the Win column soon.
Meanwhile, President Bush was set to unveil a multi-billion dollar aid program for Russia and other former Soviet republics. Though Foreign Aid is unpopular, Mr. Bush was likely to get bi-partisan support for the plan as many felt it was in America’s national Security interest to give aid to the former Soviet Union, and it was not a charitable move. Mr. Bush was expected to ask Congress for $1 billion to stabilize the Ruble along with a $12 billion increase in the U.S. contribution to the International Monetary Fund and more agricultural credits for Russia and the Ukraine. He was also expected to ask Congress to move on the $645 million in humanitarian aid and assistance which he proposed several months before.
And a strike by National Hockey League players was set to start at 3:00 pm PST, after voting on Team owners latest offer. A strike could effect the Stanley Cup playoffs, set to begin a week from today.
And that’s just a small slice of what happened for this April 1, 1992 as presented by The CBS World News Roundup.