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Ronald R. Reagan ran for president of the United States in both 1980 and 1984. Promotional items were often used for both campaigns, so the same buttons can be found from both the 1980 campaign and the 1984 campaign. Although Reagan’s campaign for candidacy during the primaries in 1980 had been successful, Reagan had been behind in the presidential polls after winning the nomination as the Republican candidate. He made an incredible comeback after the presidential debates, however, and on November 4, 1980, Ronald Reagan won. Four years later, he won the 1984 presidential election, as well, going on to serve two terms as President of the United States of America.
During his time as president, Reagan worked to reduce inflation from 12.5% to 4.4% and encourage economic growth through tax rate reduction. Part of his platform was to stimulate the economy and reduce national debt by lowering taxes, which sounded impossible to many. He also increased military defense spending to both protect the United States during the Cold War and push the Soviet Union into a position of either increasing their own beyond their means or calling for peace and a stop to increasing military in both the United States and the Soviet Union.
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