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View Diary: I remember why Carter lost the Debate and it had NOTHING to do with Reagan 1-liners (23 comments)

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  •  I agree (7+ / 0-)

    His approval rating cratered that summer to the 30s, and it was the hostage crisis that did it.

    By the debate he'd made up a lot of the lost ground and was pulling about as close to Reagan as Romney is to Obama.

    Whatever he did in the debates didn't help.  Reagan pulled further away in the closing days.

    But without the huge hit to his approval rating of the hostage crisis we might have all said "Ronald Who?" 30 years later.

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