There are many parallels between this year’s election and the election of 1980. A bad economy, an unpopular Democratic incumbent and serious talk about a war with Iran are just three similarities between the two elections.
Jimmy Carter based his reelection strategy on painting Ronald Reagan as a dangerous radical. Reagan blew that strategy away and won the election with 14 words:
“There you go again”
“Are you better off than you were four years ago?”
The debate was held a week before the election. Prior to the debate Carter held a narrow lead over Reagan. On election day Reagan won in a landslide.
Even Mondale had to laugh at this one: