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John Anderson, 95, 1980 presidential candidate
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c***@aol.com
2017-12-04 20:22:41 UTC
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The sanctimonious turd got 7% of the vote but no electoral votes.
David Carson
2017-12-04 22:08:25 UTC
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The sanctimonious turd got 7% of the vote but no electoral votes.
I suppose Jimmeh Carter will boycott his funeral.
That Derek
2017-12-04 23:28:17 UTC
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IIRC, I remembering hearing about people in 1980 who actually thought John Anderson portrayed Dennis-the-Menace's father. All right, thry were doppelgangers except Mr. Mitchell had black hair, ad John Anderson, white.

Of course, it didn't help matters that they shared a surname. 'T'was HERBERT Anderson on the cathode ray.

https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/former-congressman-and-presidential-candidate-john-anderson-dead-at-95/

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Former congressman and presidential candidate John Anderson dead at 95

Chicago News
12/04/2017, 03:48pm


Former longtime Illinois Congressman John Anderson, who ran for president as an independent in 1980, has died at age 95.

The World War II veteran died Sunday night in Washington, his daughter, Diane Anderson, told The Associated Press.

The 10-term GOP congressman originally sought the Republican presidential nomination in 1980, but he later waged an independent campaign against Democratic President Jimmy Carter and Republican challenger Ronald Reagan. Anderson received 7 percent of the national vote.

Diane Anderson said her father became disillusioned with the direction of the Republican Party and what he saw as a move to the far right.

“He really, really believed the two-party system was broken in 1980,” she said. “He wanted to express that, and he did.”

Anderson was raised in a conservative home, the son of Swedish immigrants who read the Bible daily and attended church each week, and his strong faith remained a constant throughout his life, his daughter said.

She said he “evolved both personally and professionally on social issues” through the civil rights movement of the 1960s, and was proud to cast the deciding vote in the House Rules Committee for the Open Housing Act of 1968, which prohibited discrimination in the sale, financing or rental of housing.

Anderson served as chair of the House Republican Conference for 10 years before stepping away from the leadership post and his House seat to run for president.

Anderson was from Rockford, about 80 miles northwest of Chicago, and earned a law degree from the University of Illinois. He first won his congressional seat in 1960 and served in Congress until 1981.

Republican U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who now represents Illinois’ 16th Congressional District, called Anderson an inspiration.

“He believed that his job was worth giving up in order to set a better example of realism in politics,” Kinzinger said in a statement. “We are better for his candor, his focus, and his honesty.”

Anderson is survived by his wife of 64 years, Keke, five children and 11 grandchildren. His family said a memorial service will be planned for early spring in Washington D.C.
l***@yahoo.com
2017-12-05 19:34:35 UTC
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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/04/us/politics/john-anderson-who-ran-against-reagan-and-carter-in-1980-is-dead-at-95.html

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...The United States was struggling with a recession, a severe energy crisis and the protracted Iranian hostage crisis when Mr. Anderson gave up a safe seat in the House of Representatives to seek the Republican presidential nomination. When that try fizzled, he reintroduced himself as an independent, honest-dealing alternative to the rancorous business-as-usual politics of the major parties.

For a while he had the national spotlight, a 58-year-old maverick whose white hair, horn-rimmed glasses and clearheaded presentation gave him the air of a genial professor who was not so much above the fray as he was unwilling to play by its rules.

Mr. Anderson refused to pander, telling voters in Iowa that he favored President Jimmy Carter’s embargo on grain sales to the Soviet Union after it had invaded Afghanistan. He called for a gasoline tax of 50 cents per gallon — when a gallon cost $1.15 — to save energy.

Early on, when all six of his rivals for the Republican nomination assured the Gun Owners of New Hampshire that they firmly opposed gun control legislation, Mr. Anderson said, “I don’t understand why.”

“When in this country we license people to drive automobiles,” he added, “what is so wrong about proposing that we license guns to make sure that felons and mental incompetents don’t get ahold of them?”

He was roundly booed.

His backers promoted his campaign style as “the Anderson difference,” but despite it — or perhaps because of it — he never finished better than second in a Republican primary. That came in Illinois, his home state, which he had expected to win. When he did not, losing to Ronald Reagan by fewer than 12 points (Mr. Reagan was born in Illinois), he decided to run as an independent...



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c***@aol.com
2017-12-05 20:13:47 UTC
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In other words, he was a sore loser. That’s what you call it when you run for Your party’s nomination, lose, and then not only refuse to support the winning nominee but mount a 3rd party bid.

Sore loser.
David Carson
2017-12-06 04:19:39 UTC
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Sore loser.
At least he didn't write a book about it.
c***@aol.com
2017-12-06 12:17:08 UTC
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I’ll give him that

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