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Election Could Mirror 1980 Race

Brian795 Wrote: Sep 27, 2012 10:34 PM
Never voted for Reagan; Anderson in 1980, Mondale in 1984, Helmet Head in 1988, Clinton in 1992, Dole in 1996, Bush in 2000, 2004, McCain in 2008. The older I get the less federal govt. I want(I have long ago planned my retirement without SS or Medicare in the future). If Romney and the Republicans gain control and they maintain the status quo, a third party will form in 2014.
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...