The “Gaffe-a-thon” of the 1976 Election

Jimmy Carter’s speechwriter said “We were 30 points up. But unfortunately we had to campaign.” 

That’s how the general election of 1976 went. A tight race turns to a veritable battle of gaffes between two newbie Presidential candidates.  From plane weights to Soviets to love and lust and religion and race, a surprise challenger try to go mistake-free for a few weeks and only sometimes succeed. We go over the close ’76 election, including a last-minute event that almost changed history.