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In 1980, John Anderson campaigned for the presidency as an Independent. Anderson, a Republican from Illinois, had served in the House of Representatives for 10 consecutive terms throughout the 1960s and 1970s, and decided to run for the presidency in 1980. Originally campaigning for the Republican party’s nomination against Ronald Reagan, Anderson ultimately was not backed by the Republicans and decided to run independently. Anderson’s campaign platform included a reduction in Social Security taxes and supported stricter gun control, and he earned the respect of voters by sticking to his principles, though he ultimately lost the election to Reagan. Afterwards, Anderson became heavily involved in FairVote, an organization dedicated to political reform, and continues to be involved in politics today.
John B. Anderson. (n.d.). Retrieved December 1, 2015 from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_B._Anderson.