The first presidential race that I remember growing up is the 1980 race between Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter.  I was more interested in other things at the time, but my parents talked about it incessantly.  They felt that Carter was possibly the worst president of the 20th Century, and they desperately hoped that Ronald Reagan would win the election and bring true leadership back to America.

But things didn’t look good.  According to the nightly news, Reagan was not doing well.  Despite low economic growth, high interest rates and inflation, and the Iran hostage crisis, Carter seemed to be winning.

Reagan was widely thought to be too old, too conservative, and not nearly bright enough to win the race.  Imagine my parents surprise, then, when he beat Jimmy Carter handily, carrying all but five states and the District of Columbia.

Read More at Canada Free Press By Mike Jensen, Canada Free Press

 

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