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hfojvt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-29-11 11:24 AM
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29. As a Gen Xer born in 1962
I reject that "Gen Xers were not old enough to vote in 1980"

An inept campaign in 1984?

As I remember it, Reagan was the heavy favorite. But I did not remember a contentious primary between Mondale and Hart, which probably did not help. Then Mondale tried to throw a "Hail Mary" by picking the first woman on a major ticket. Because Ferraro sorta came out of nowhere, it seemed like a cheap stunt and it back-fired imo. That veep pick contributed as much to the shellacking as anything else in the campaign.

Of course, I did not follow the campaign that closely. I didn't even watch the news, except when I was home during the summer because dad was watching it. During the fall, I was reading the Minneapolis Star-Tribune every day and watched all the debates. Reagan did so badly in one debate that he lost my support, but I still had a visceral dislike of Mondale. He just seemed like a scowling unpleasant person with a grating voice.
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