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Remember When? 1980.

ON THIS day in 1980, the former Hollywood actor and Republican governor of California Ronald Reagan defeated Democrat Jimmy Carter in the US presidential elections by a huge majority.

At the age of 69, Mr Reagan was elected America's oldest president.

His running mate, former head of the CIA George Bush, was his vicepresident.

The Republicans took state after state in the east, south and midwest.

In the last speech of his campaign, Mr Reagan, with his wife Nancy, addressed 30,000 supporters at a shopping centre car park in San Diego. He spoke of the state of the American economy under President Carter as "a major tragedy for the American family".

Final results showed Ronald Reagan won 489 electoral votes against the Democrats' 49. He was inaugurated as president on 20 January 1981.

Later that year he survived an assassination attempt.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Nov 4, 2008
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