Button, Ronald Reagan, 1980


The 1980 Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan, former governor of California, chose George H.W. Bush, his chief competitor for the nomination, to be his running mate. Although they had disagreed on several substantive issues, when asked to join the ticket, Bush assured Reagan that he would support the Republican platform in its entirety. Reagan and Bush defeated their Democratic opponents President Jimmy Carter and Vice President Walter Mondale by almost ten percentage points. This was the biggest deficit suffered by an incumbent president since President Herbert Hoover lost to Franklin D. Roosevelt by more than 17 percentage points in 1932. John Anderson and Patrick Lucey (Independent) also lost to Reagan, finishing a distant third.

Date Made: 1980Associated Date: 1980

Associated Person: Reagan, RonaldBush, George, H. W.Associated Institution: Republican National Party

General Subject Association: Political Campaigns


See more items in: Political History: Political History, Campaign Collection, Government, Politics, and Reform, American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith

Exhibition: American Democracy

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1980.0516.56Accession Number: 1980.0516Catalog Number: 1980.0516.56

Object Name: Badge

Physical Description: textile; metal (overall material)white, red (ribbon color)red, white, blue (button color)Measurements: overall: 6 1/2 in x 1 1/2 in; 16.51 cm x 3.81 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a3-10c2-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_504290

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