President Jimmy Carter faced a strong challenge in the 1980 Democratic primaries from this U.S. Senator. While he was ultimately able to hold off that challenge, the President entered the fall campaign against Reagan in a weakened position.
What did Democratic former California Governor Pat Brown call Reagan in the late 1970s? He even wrote a book about Reagan under the title.
In 1976 Jimmy Carter described what he called a “misery index”—i.e. the sum of the inflation and unemployment rates. In 1976, Carter criticized President Ford for a “misery index” of 15.3. In 1980, Carter’s “misery index” was even higher, 19.3.
NOT one of the “troika” of Reagan’s first term—i.e. those White House aides who almost acted as “deputy presidents.”
Reagan’s first choice for vice president in 1980?
Reagan’s first campaign manager in 1980. He was distrusted by Reagan’s longtime California aides. Indeed, he tried to push them, including friend and confidant Mike Deaver, from the campaign. Reagan replaced him with William Casey on the day of the New Hampshire primary.
This Texas Republican defeated Reagan in the Iowa Caucus. He was the choice of many moderate Republicans, including Ford, who wanted to stop Reagan. Reagan defeated him in New Hampshire after a fiery pre-debate argument over the participation of other GOP candidates. His star faded after New Hampshire.
What was the “dream ticket”?
What did Reagan insist in a speech in February 1981 would create 13 million jobs while controlling inflation?
This liberal Illinois Republican was an independent candidate for President in 1980.
Former President Gerald Ford entered the 1980 Republican primaries and nearly derailed Reagan’s nomination bid.
Gerald Ford desperately wanted to be Reagan’s vice presidential running-mate in 1980, but was undermined by media scrutiny.
What was a supply-side economist?
This Republican would have complicated Reagan’s chances at winning the nomination in 1980 had he decided to run. While he and Reagan had a tense relationship, he ultimately decided not to enter the primaries and expressed support for Reagan.
Reagan was very dependent on his staff. He intended to set general policy and to act as administration spokesman to the people and Congress, but left his staff to turn his goals into specific policies and programs.
Which of the following is NOT true about John Anderson in 1980?
Observers of Reagan’s presidency have argued that his administration was made up of “ideologues” and “pragmatists,” and that a constant struggle developed between these two factions— one made up of policy-oriented, conservative true believers and the other made up those willing to compromise on policy matters.
This close Reagan friend and White House aide was charged with managing the political image of the President. He was the producer and director, managing every scene, and watching every detail of scripting, staging, and lighting. He was not interested in policy but in packaging Reagan’s goals.
In his first year in office, Reagan subordinated every issue to foreign affairs. Reaching an arms control agreement with the Soviets was his top priority.
Reagan’s candidacy in 1980 unraveled the Roosevelt coalition forged in the 1930s by convincing many middle and working-class whites that the enemy was not the wealthy but “welfare queens” and the liberal elite.
What as the Neshoba incident?
In the years between his time as California Governor and his running for the presidency in 1980 (1975-1979), Reagan worked in radio, producing a five-day-a-week, five-minute radio commentary program (Viewpoint), to be syndicated nationally. He wrote all the short episodes/essays himself.
This Office of Management and Budget Director was a key figure in securing Reagan’s economic agenda in 1981. He ultimately, however, became cynical of “trickle-down economics,” and parted ways with the President.
Reagan won the 1980 election in a landslide, receiving 51% of the popular vote to Carter’s 41%. Republicans, meanwhile, won one chamber of Congress, the Senate.
Reagan was unable to secure passage of his economic program in 1981.
Why did Reagan lose the Iowa Caucus in 1980?
Which of the following is true about the Reagan-Carter debate of late October 1980?
This former Democrat and Texas Governor was a leading contender for the Republican nomination in 1980. He waged a national campaign instead of a local, primary state to primary state one, and fell out of the race incredibly fast.
Reagan was dethatched from the legislative effort of this economic program in 1981. Indeed, he did very little to secure its passage. The only reason it did pass was because of sympathy for the President after the assassination attempt.
Reagan and Carter debated four times in the fall of 1980. Indeed, it was Carter’s eagerness and wiliness to debate Reagan so often that undermined his reelection bid.
Discuss Gerald Ford’s role in the 1980 presidential campaign—both as a potential presidential and vice presidential candidate.