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Button, Ronald Reagan, 1980

Button, Ronald Reagan, 1980

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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.
Object Name
date made
associated date
associated person
Reagan, Ronald
Bush, George
associated institution
Republican National Party
Physical Description
textile; metal (overall material)
white, red (ribbon color)
red, white, blue (button color)
overall: 6 1/2 in x 1 1/2 in; 16.51 cm x 3.81 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Political Campaigns
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Political and Military History: Political History, Campaign Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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