Here is an ad from the 1976 Presidential season. It is from the Presidential campaign of Ellen McCormack, a New York housewife, who was able to raise enough money to run television spots such as this in states that she qualified for in the Democratic Party primaries. She did not win any primaries, but McCormack did receive 22 delegate votes at the Democratic National Convention. The Democratic nominee for President in 1976 was Jimmy Carter.
This ad brings up several questions:
1. Can any candidate run on social issues and expect to win in election? For McCormack, she ran almost exclusively as an anti-abortion candidate.
2. Today, the Democratic Party supports more a pro-choice platform and the Republican Party favors a pro-life platform. Is there a place for both platforms in each party?
3. Would candidates today venture and run an ad like this today?