Doll, Ronald Reagan, 1984

Doll, Ronald Reagan, 1984

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Ten different candidates received votes in the 1980 Republican presidential primaries but only two, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, proved to be truly competitive. During a primary debate in Pennsylvania, one of the seven primaries he would win that year, Bush referred to Reagan’s economic policies as “voodoo economics.” In spite of their disagreements over these and other programs, when Reagan won the nomination he chose Bush to be his running mate. They easily defeated President Jimmy Carter (Democrat) and Representative John Anderson (Independent). However, the phrase “voodoo economics” stuck. When President Reagan and Vice President Bush ran for re-election in 1984 several versions of a Reagan Voodoo Doll were sold. The incumbents won again in a landslide against Democratic challenger Walter Mondale who had been the vice president on the losing Democratic ticket four years earlier.
Object Name
date made
depicted (sitter)
Reagan, Ronald Wilson
Heather Hutchison
place made
United States: New York, Saugerties
Physical Description
cotton (overall material)
white (overall color)
black (overall color)
overall: 11 in x 3 1/2 in; 27.94 cm x 8.89 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Heather Hutchison
Political Caricatures
Sewing and Knitting
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Political and Military History: Political History, Campaign Collection
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
American Democracy
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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