It was 1980 and Jimmy Carter was in the White House, bedeviled by a hostage crisis in Iran that had paralyzed his presidency and hampered his ability to win a second term. Carter, a Democrat, had won the presidency in 1976, promising to restore honesty and integrity to the White House after the Watergate scandal that had forced President Nixon to resign in 1974. But Carter's presidency was beset by challenges, including a stagnant economy, high inflation, and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in late 1979.
Ben Barnes, a former Texas politician, is claiming he witnessed a plot to sabotage the reelection of President Jimmy Carter in 1980 by members of the George H.W. Bush campaign. Barnes, who was a key supporter of Carter in Texas, claims that members of the Bush campaign were involved in a scheme to delay the release of the American hostages in Iran until after the election, in order to hurt Carter's chances of winning.
But after Haley announced her presidential bid, Scott declined to endorse her, breaking a streak of supporting the Republican nominee in nearly every cycle since 1980, except for 2012. Scott's decision not to endorse Haley was seen as a snub by some Republicans, who saw him as a kingmaker in the state's politics.
Trounced by Ronald Reagan in the 1980 election, Carter was, at 56, one of the youngest ex-presidents in history. The newly elected president and wife Rosalynn shunned the limousine that Carter had sent to pick them up at the White House, preferring to walk the 12 blocks to the Capitol for Reagan's inauguration. Carter later said he had no regrets about his presidency, saying he had done his best to serve the country.
ATLANTA (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter, who at 98 years old is the oldest living former U.S. president, served one term and was defeated by Republican Ronald Reagan in 1980, died Sunday at his home in Plains, Georgia. Carter, a Democrat, was a champion of human rights and worked tirelessly to promote peace and democracy around the world.
James Earl Carter Jr. served as the 39th president of the U.S. from 1977 to 1981. He was born in 1924 in Plains, Georgia, and grew up on a farm. Carter attended the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, and served in the Navy for seven years. He was elected governor of Georgia in 1970 and served one term before running for president in 1976.
The twice-impeached ex-president is expected to be indicted in an investigation into the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. The investigation is being led by a high-ranking member of Ronald Reagan's 1980 presidential campaign, who has been tasked with determining whether the ex-president played a role in inciting the violence.
In a president's hometown, political memorabilia mix with emotion from the 1980 Carter re-election campaign and, near the front door, an invitation to President Jimmy Carter's inauguration. Carter lost to Ronald Reagan that year, but the home where he was born and raised remains a must-see destination for tourists and history buffs.
Former President Jimmy Carter has asked President Biden to deliver a message to Iran regarding the release of American hostages. Carter negotiated the release of 52 hostages in 1981 after they were held captive for 444 days during his presidency. Carter has been a vocal critic of the current administration's handling of the situation in Iran and has called for a peaceful resolution to the conflict.