‘Give the guy a chance’
In 1982, concerns about midterm losses and disagreements over economic policy led to divisions and pointing fingers within the Republican Party. Even so, the party urged voters to “give the guy a chance.”
Nancy Dwight, who was running the campaign branch of the House Republicans at the time, cautioned against reading too much into the 1982 example, but saw Biden taking a page from Reagan’s books to urge action. patiently as he tries to get the economy back on track. Dwight told us: “He wouldn’t dare use that line, but he would be on the right track.
Reagan was determined to see through his economic plans, even as the public lost confidence. Given that situation, Dwight recalls that she was relieved that Republicans did not lose any more House seats. “I knew it could have been much worse,” she said.
Joe Gaylord, who served with Dwight on the House campaign committee in 1982, said Reagan’s economic crisis ran deeper than Biden’s – with interest rates, inflation and unemployment all hampering the recovery. return.
But he said the basic outlines of the problem facing Biden are all too similar. Combine Reagan’s low approval rating with a country that believes it’s going in the wrong direction, and one thing happens, he said: “You get the shift.”
Gaylord added: “One big problem Biden has right now is that none of the work he’s doing is working.
When the unemployment rate crossed 10% in September 1982, Gaylord said, “Republican candidates fell like flies” as voters’ patience with the Reagan administration evaporated. He recalls hearing frustrated Republicans assert that the problem was simply a failure to communicate with voters — that if Republicans were clearer about their record, voters would support them. surname.
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