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1980 Presidential Debate: Governor Ronald Reagan and President Jimmy Carter - 10/28/80
Reagan Foundation ^ | apr 23 2009 | Reagan Foundation

Posted on 09/21/2012 10:01:10 PM PDT by plain talk

The full-length 1980 Presidential Candidate Debate between Governor Ronald Reagan and President Jimmy Carter on 10/28/80.

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Debate #2. Just wow. Mitt needs to watch and learn
1 posted on 09/21/2012 10:01:16 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: plain talk
around 43:29 or so

"Now, there was a second phase in the Iranian affair in which we had something to do with that. And that was, we had adequate warning that there was a threat to our embassy, and we could have done what other embassies did - either strengthen our security there, or remove our personnel before the kidnap and the takeover took place."

2 posted on 09/21/2012 10:13:27 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: plain talk

“If all the unemployed were in line, allowing for 2 feet between then, that line would reach from New York to Los Angeles.”

How long would that line be in 2012?


3 posted on 09/22/2012 12:30:59 AM PDT by Lexinom
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To: plain talk
Arguably the most important event of the entire 1980 presidential campaign was the second presidential debate, which was held one week to the day before the election (October 28). On October 26, two days prior to the debate, Gallup released a survey that suggested that Carter was leading Reagan by a margin of 47% to 39%. Over the course of two hours, the entire race changed drastically, and what was considered an extremely tight race with the President slightly ahead became a comfortable Republican victory for Reagan. Nothing of that magnitude has happened since in any televised confrontations.

In his closing remarks, Reagan asked the viewers a simple yet devastating question that would resonate with voters in 1980 and beyond: "Are you better off now than you were four years ago? Is it easier for you to go and buy things in the stores than it was four years ago? Is there more or less unemployment in the country than there was four years ago? Is America as respected throughout the world as it was? Do you feel that our security is as safe, that we're as strong as we were four years ago? And if you answer all of those questions 'yes', why then, I think your choice is very obvious as to whom you will vote for. If you don't agree, if you don't think that this course that we've been on for the last four years is what you would like to see us follow for the next four, then I could suggest another choice that you have." According to President Carter's Press Secretary Jody Powell's memoirs, internal tracking polls showed the President's tiny lead turning into a major Reagan landslide over the final weekend.

4 posted on 09/22/2012 4:55:26 AM PDT by Evil Slayer (Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war....)
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It wasn’t just the debate.

The weekend before the election, Carter went on all the broadcast networks with an announcement of the status of the hostage negotiations with Iran, and told the viewers that essentially nothing had changed! Carter looked and sounded weak and ineffectual (demonstrating a speaking style that was hard to stomach and wouldn’t sell anyone on the idea that we needed four more years of it).

Polls showed that reinforced the feeling of many undecided voters that a change was needed.


5 posted on 09/22/2012 10:17:40 AM PDT by research99
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To: Evil Slayer

“In his closing remarks, Reagan asked the viewers a simple yet devastating question that would resonate with voters in 1980 and beyond: “Are you better off now than you were four years ago? Is it easier for you to go and buy things in the stores than it was four years ago? Is there more or less unemployment in the country than there was four years ago? Is America as respected throughout the world as it was? Do you feel that our security is as safe, that we’re as strong as we were four years ago? And if you answer all of those questions ‘yes’, why then, I think your choice is very obvious as to whom you will vote for. If you don’t agree, if you don’t think that this course that we’ve been on for the last four years is what you would like to see us follow for the next four, then I could suggest another choice that you have.” According to President Carter’s Press Secretary Jody Powell’s memoirs, internal tracking polls showed the President’s tiny lead turning into a major Reagan landslide over the final weekend”

Romney should use the entire quote. The exact same things apply now.


6 posted on 09/22/2012 10:18:30 AM PDT by NKP_Vet
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Romney should use the entire quote. The exact same things apply now.

Except that a large segment of viewers may be thinking about other issues:

"Are you receiving more government checks now than four years ago"?"

"Have you received a promotion based on 'diversity' over the past four years"?

"Will your children have to study less to get into college and to get a guaranteed job, because of policies introduced over the past four years"?

I'm not advocating these sentiments, but instead trying to point out the possible impact of demographic changes in a "gimme mine first" culture.

7 posted on 09/23/2012 11:18:04 AM PDT by research99
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