This Week’s Memorabilia — John Anderson

This is a button from the John Anderson for President campaign in 1980.  Anderson was a Republican congressman from Illinois who lost to Ronald Reagan in the Republican primaries that year.  He decided to run as an Independent or in some states a National Unity, candidate.  Anderson polled very well in the Summer and early Fall of 1980, but as the campaign inched closer to November, Anderson faltered.  His campaign finished third behind Reagan and President Jimmy Carter.  Why is it difficult for Independent candidates to win the Presidency?  (None have.)



23 responses to “This Week’s Memorabilia — John Anderson

  1. I think that the main reason behind an Independent never winning a Presidential election is because they do not belong to a main group (dem./repub.) and their perspectives change constantly. There isn’t any issue that they are completely for or strongly against, and I’m not sure if American citizens are confident in their constant changes.

    • I remember watching a video that explained why Independent candidates never win the Presidency. It explained that say you have a democrat, a republican, and an independent. If your a republican but you like what the independent said so much that you vote for her/him you’re actually helping out the democrats because that’s a vote the republican lost and vice versa.

  2. I believe it is because of the fact that Independent is not a definitive political party. For example, when people vote people want to be in the group they most agree with, Republican or Democrat, and their views reflect on what they vote. They are basically a wildcard, and not having alot of popularity because they’ve had failure

  3. I think because they don’t have the backing for it. It is not a political party. and they just don’t have enough TV or debate time. Larry Byrd #PSC110

  4. I think it is difficult for an Independent to win a Presidential election because they don’t belong to a certain party, Democratic or Republican. I believe Americans vote for the party that shares their views. Some people may not care who the nominees are but will vote for which ever party they believe is the “right one”.

    • Marta Malinowska

      I strongly agree and in my opinion it is difficult for an independent to win a Presidential election because they are neither Democrats or Republicans. They basically have no one to rely on but the people that believe EXACTLY what the independent believes and those are the only people that will vote for him/her. People like the IDEA of an independent but in the end, they will choose a side because society in general prefers to be a part of a group than on their own.

  5. I think it is difficult for an independent candidate to win as a president because they have no back up. To my understanding, Democrats and Republicans have certain beliefs and ideas that people either like or dislike. People sometimes vote for their parties because they share the same ideas. It is not always like that because sometimes people don’t look at the party but at the person running for president. I also think that it is difficult for them because they have no one to lean on, they have no one to turn to for support, therefore they never win.

  6. I believe that an independent candidate chances of winning an election are low because typically, people tend to want to be part of a group of which seems most people are following. In other words, voters want to have a leader who has his own followers, knows how to get things done properly according to time and will be successful at doing so. If an individual decides to run independently, of course it is not a bad thing to do so, but others will see it as a weakness. Maybe the person cannot seem to get along well with others, or maybe people do not want to give their support to that individual. In the end, anyone can run for a position independently and win, however, it is the right words one must say before making such decision to take on an election by yourself.
    Joel Ortiz PCS110

  7. I believe it is hard for people to back independent candidates because their views change frequently. These same views seem to be shared by either the democrat or republican candidates making the voters question them more. One other thing I question is how the independents would ever build a trust in the House or Senate members in order to get items passed. I believe by having this type of backing with one party or the other would give voters more confidence that issues they feel strongly about might great resolved in some way. These are just a few of the reasons I believe an independent will always have a tougher time winning the presidency.

  8. I think the chances of the independent winning are slim to none. First of all pick a party. You are either Democrat or Republican. People vote for their party no matter who is running. I’m a Republican and I wouldn’t probably care who was running, I would vote for them over a Democrat.

  9. Its hard to happen because the major parties already have advantages. Republicans and Democrats running for presidency already have huge supporters, especially from certain states, being hard to change their tied in views as to what they see as being right. People are afraid of change and I believe this also takes a tole on independent candidates running for presidency.

  10. Rebecca Albarran

    I would think it would be harder for them to win elections because the independent party is not very popular and people ten to think they have to either be a democrat or a republican. Since they are not as popular it would also be harder for them to raise money for their campaign. Without necessary funds they cannot get there name out there like the politicians with a lot of money and popularity.

  11. I believe it is difficult for an independent party to win an election for many reasons. The biggest reason being the funding/backing from business that backs dem./repub. parties. You can also take into account that people are less likely to trust an independent, most people are likely to vote for the candidate from the party whose beliefs line up with theirs, rather than gamble on one wildcard.

  12. I think it is very difficult for an independent candidate to win the presidency because many people prefer and want to belong to a certain group. Other than the fact that most of the people have already chosen a party. Which I believe they will keep voting for no matter who is running as candidate. To this they don’t even pay attention or care about the third party.
    -Yulissa Mason

  13. One of the reasons for the independent party not being able to compete very well against the two main parties (democrats/republicans) is because they do not have the funds to be able to supports their campaign. This lack of funds leads to less promos, and adds on T.V. or newspapers so they are not nearly as popular with the average Joe who does not follow politics very heavily.
    -Alec Mikes #PCS110

  14. The reason independent candidates have such a difficulty being elected is because they are a big question mark. They don’t belong to one solid well known party that everyone has grown up hearing about. People know what Republicans and Democrats stand behind, but not enough people are ready to take the leap of faith in trusting an independent canidadate due to uncertainty.

  15. Carlos Espinosa

    We are a two party system that doesnt waiver in the face of opposition. Its not going anywhere anytime soon. A two party system is the staple that makes government legislation and organization so uniform. An independent wont be elected, because that would require a candidate to actually voice their views instead of mudslinging and potentially lose voters.

  16. Personally i believe that we all tend to lean to republican or democratic. Being independent takes away from a large scale of the voters that aren’t willing to put the thought forth to vote for the individual. This is the main reason i think that he finished 3rd.

  17. I would say it is very difficult to run for presidency independently. Many people in this country vote for a certain party based on its view. It is also hard because other candidates in a party are more funded and usually can get advertised more. Independent candidates will not have as much money or support to back them as a democrat or republican candidate is. #PSC110

  18. It is very rare for Independent’s to be voted into office. There are many reasons behind it, but I think the best example, one in which we all can learn from, would be that of Jesse Ventura. He is a former governor of Minnesota, and he got elected as an independent. Jesse has been on many political talk shows, and at some point in every show, the host has asked Jesse if he will be running for President in 2016. He says that he would consider it, but two criterion must be met. He wants to have ballot access in all fifty states, and he wants to be allowed in the debates. Now, I don’t know much about the inter-workings of presidential elections, but the fact that these two things are not guaranteed to him just because he is not a democrat nor a republican speaks to the flaws of our “two party dictatorship,” as Jesse calls it. Jesse often points out that people in general believe competition is good for the economy, but in the political system, that does not seem to be the case.

  19. Marisol Rodríguez

    I think it’s difficult for independent presidents to win the presidency because they are not part of a certain party. Independent presidents are mostly in the middle of a certain topic. Most people vote for decorates or republicans who ever fits best with what they believe is important. People hear more about decorates and republicans and want to be part of a group that is well known. Which leaves the independent candidates with no support. There is probably not enough money to keep keep the campaign moving. #PCS110

  20. The reason why there has never been an Independent president is because the U.S. runs on a two-party system, and has done so for a very long time. This two-party system means that the majority of the problems are broken down and split between two separate groups of people who usually always take opposing sides. The parties are rivals and competitors, but the parties support their own members financially, idea-wise, and publically. Due to this support, those who are running without a party cannot really hope to compete as they do not have the same resources.

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