Ronald Wilson Reagan Took Office On January 20Th, 1981.

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Ronald Wilson Reagan took office on January 20th, 1981. Reagan served from 1981 to 1989. He served two terms and was president from 1981- 1989. President Reagan defeated Jimmy Carter in the 1980 election and Walter Mondale in the 1984 election. He ran his first campaign mostly on President Carter 's shortcomings and failures. His campaign slogan was," Are you better off than you were four years ago?" His other slogan was," Lets make America great again." This clearly shows that his campaign strategy was mostly based on how America took a turn for the worst during Carter 's first term. He talked about how Carter dealt with the Iranian Hostage Crisis so poorly, which led to national embarrassment. Reagan promised an economic revival that…show more content…
I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent 's youth and inexperience." Walter Mondale ran a liberal campaign, he supported a nuclear freeze and the Equal Rights Amendment. Mondale spoke against what he considered to be unfairness in Reagan 's economic policies and the need to reduce federal budget deficits. The main issues of the election were, economic recovery, education and the federal budget. While Mondale criticized Reagan for cutting the federal budget for federal programs and education. Reagan however, had more public support with his education policy of merit pay. Reagan won the election because he had gained popularity for helping spur economic growth and lower unemployment. He also had very smart advertisements that helped him have a better view among Americans. President Reagan worked skillfully to pass his legislation in congress. He worked with a Democratic majority house to pass legislation. Reagan 's support for an increased defense budget at the height of the Cold War was supported by Congressional Democrats and Republicans. However, Congress was reluctant, yet followed through with Reagan 's proposed cuts in domestic programs. In accordance with Reagan 's less-government intervention views, many domestic government programs were cut or experienced periods of reduced funding during his presidency. One important law
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