In 1964, the U.S. presidential election was between Democratic candidate and incumbent Lyndon B. Johnson, and Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater representing the Republican Party. Senator Goldwater faced a lack of support from within his own party, attacked by both sides as a dangerous and radical extremist. Johnson won the election in a massive landslide, winning 44 states, and the largest gap ever in terms of popular vote.
In 1980, the U.S. presidential election was between Democratic candidate and incumbent Jimmy Carter, and California Governor Ronald Reagan representing the Republican Party. A third candidate, Republican Congressman John Anderson, ran as an independent as once again some within the Republican Party considered their candidate too extreme. John Anderson took 6.6% of the total vote. Carter tried to run his campaigning attacking Reagan as a dangerous, radical, warmongering candidate. Disappointed with the current administration under Carter, Reagan campaigned successfully off depicting a negative image of the country’s current state, and fed off the American people’s fear. Modern day Republicans look at Ronald Reagan as one of their top presidents alongside the likes of Abraham Lincoln, as he sparked the Reagan Revolution, which changed the course of the Republican Party to what it has become today (until Trump, at least). Continue reading