Presidential debate 1980, Reagan, Carter

<b>1980:</b> <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEHST000385" title="Jimmy Carter" href="/topic/politics/government/presidents-of-the-united-states/jimmy-carter-PEHST000385.topic">Jimmy Carter</a> got the best of Ford in 1976, but things were different in 1980, when the incumbent went up against former California governor – and former movie actor – <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEPLT005429" title="Ronald Reagan" href="/topic/politics/government/presidents-of-the-united-states/ronald-reagan-PEPLT005429.topic">Ronald Reagan</a>.<br>
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<b>What you might remember:</b> Reagan summing up the debate this way: “Next Tuesday all of you will go to the polls, will stand there in the polling place and make a decision. I think when you make that decision, it might be well if you would ask yourself, are you better off than you were four years ago?”<br>
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<b>What you might have forgotten:</b> A month before Carter and Reagan met, Reagan debated independent candidate <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEHST000051" title="John Anderson" href="/topic/arts-culture/john-anderson-PEHST000051.topic">John Anderson</a>, a former congressman from <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100100500000000" title="Illinois" href="/topic/us/illinois-PLGEO100100500000000.topic">Illinois</a>.
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( Associated Press / October 29, 1980 )

1980: Jimmy Carter got the best of Ford in 1976, but things were different in 1980, when the incumbent went up against former California governor – and former movie actor – Ronald Reagan.

What you might remember: Reagan summing up the debate this way: “Next Tuesday all of you will go to the polls, will stand there in the polling place and make a decision. I think when you make that decision, it might be well if you would ask yourself, are you better off than you were four years ago?”

What you might have forgotten: A month before Carter and Reagan met, Reagan debated independent candidate John Anderson, a former congressman from Illinois.

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