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Election Could Mirror 1980 Race

Billpm Wrote: Sep 27, 2012 8:51 AM
The tough part is Mitt will be squaring off with Obama and his allies (the main stream media) during the debate. The questions will be soft balls for Obama and hand grenades for Mitt.
There was only one presidential debate in 1980 between challenger Ronald Reagan and President Jimmy Carter. Just two days before the Oct. 28 debate, Carter was eight points ahead in the Gallup poll. A week after the debate, he lost to Reagan by nearly ten percentage points.

Reagan's debate quip, "There you go again," reminded voters of Carter's chronic crabbiness. Even more devastating was Reagan's final, direct question to American voters: "Are you better off than you were four years ago?" No one, it seemed, could muster a "Yes!"

Yet there was more to the 1980 campaign than the...