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Election Could Mirror 1980 Race

Willis6 Wrote: Sep 27, 2012 11:21 PM
Carter was (and is) totally naive and was an incompetent President. Yet I never thought for a moment that he didn't love the USA or that he was a closet Communist. I can't say that about the current President.
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...