Ted Kennedy 1980 presidential campaign

  • kennedy for president committee
    ted kennedy 1980 presidential campaign logo.png
    campaign1980 united states presidential election (democratic primaries)
    candidateted kennedy
    united states senator from massachusetts
    (1962–2009)
    affiliationdemocratic party
    statuswithdrawn
    ec formedoctober 29, 1979
    announcednovember 7, 1979
    suspendedaugust 11, 1980
    key peoplestephen edward smith
    (campaign manager)[1]
    ron brown
    (deputy campaign manager)[2]
    thomas p. southwick
    (press secretary)[3]
    receiptsus$16,862,212.00[4]
    sloganteddy is ready

    the 1980 presidential campaign of ted kennedy, united states senator from massachusetts, was formally launched on november 7, 1979, as senator kennedy, the youngest kennedy brother, announced his intention to seek the democratic party nomination for the presidency of the united states in the 1980 presidential election against incumbent president jimmy carter.[5]

    kennedy benefited from president carter's historically low approval ratings, reminiscing of his brothers' presidency and presidential campaigns, and support from the liberal faction of the democratic party.[6] however, disorganization and ineffective campaigning allowed carter to bridge the 2-to-1 polling gap following a rise in his approval rating due to his initial handling of the iran hostage crisis.

    despite losing the majority of presidential contests kennedy rose in the polls and overcame carter in multiple states following another drop in his approval rating due to his poor handling of the hostage crisis and receiving prominent labor union endorsements. after failing to prevent carter from gaining enough delegates to cause a brokered convention kennedy attempted to release the delegates from their voting commitments which also failed. on august 11, 1980, kennedy ended his campaign at the national convention after failing to have the rules overturned.[7]

    kennedy's campaign was the last attempt by any member of the kennedy family to gain a party's presidential nomination and despite having lost the nomination after leading carter with a two to one polling advantage kennedy's speech, "the dream shall never die", was viewed as the highlight of his political career and one of the most influential orations of the era.[8] kennedy's challenge to carter was the last time any major candidate opposed an incumbent democratic president in the primaries, with it being considered one of the major reasons carter lost the 1980 election, and was the last time any incumbent president lost multiple states to an opponent.[9]

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Kennedy For President Committee
Ted Kennedy 1980 presidential campaign logo.png
Campaign1980 United States presidential election (Democratic primaries)
CandidateTed Kennedy
United States Senator from Massachusetts
(1962–2009)
AffiliationDemocratic Party
StatusWithdrawn
EC formedOctober 29, 1979
AnnouncedNovember 7, 1979
SuspendedAugust 11, 1980
Key peopleStephen Edward Smith
(Campaign manager)[1]
Ron Brown
(Deputy campaign manager)[2]
Thomas P. Southwick
(Press secretary)[3]
ReceiptsUS$16,862,212.00[4]
SloganTeddy is ready

The 1980 presidential campaign of Ted Kennedy, United States Senator from Massachusetts, was formally launched on November 7, 1979, as Senator Kennedy, the youngest Kennedy brother, announced his intention to seek the Democratic Party nomination for the presidency of the United States in the 1980 presidential election against incumbent President Jimmy Carter.[5]

Kennedy benefited from President Carter's historically low approval ratings, reminiscing of his brothers' presidency and presidential campaigns, and support from the liberal faction of the Democratic Party.[6] However, disorganization and ineffective campaigning allowed Carter to bridge the 2-to-1 polling gap following a rise in his approval rating due to his initial handling of the Iran hostage crisis.

Despite losing the majority of presidential contests Kennedy rose in the polls and overcame Carter in multiple states following another drop in his approval rating due to his poor handling of the hostage crisis and receiving prominent labor union endorsements. After failing to prevent Carter from gaining enough delegates to cause a brokered convention Kennedy attempted to release the delegates from their voting commitments which also failed. On August 11, 1980, Kennedy ended his campaign at the national convention after failing to have the rules overturned.[7]

Kennedy's campaign was the last attempt by any member of the Kennedy family to gain a party's presidential nomination and despite having lost the nomination after leading Carter with a two to one polling advantage Kennedy's speech, "The Dream Shall Never Die", was viewed as the highlight of his political career and one of the most influential orations of the era.[8] Kennedy's challenge to Carter was the last time any major candidate opposed an incumbent Democratic president in the primaries, with it being considered one of the major reasons Carter lost the 1980 election, and was the last time any incumbent president lost multiple states to an opponent.[9]

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