Carter

Venkata Yadavalli

Election of 1976

  • Carter was a Democrat
  • He was up against the Republican Gerald Ford, who was running for reelection
  • Ford didn’t get his Republican nomination until the Republican Party convention, showing the close affair of the race
  • Election was extremely close, Carter wins 297 to 240 in the electoral vote
  • Watergate scandal was used to knockout Ford in the campaigns
  • Gas prices were issues as well

Humanitarian Efforts

  • Carter persuaded Sadat and Begin to sign an agreement in 1978
  • He does this to create peace in Middle East
  • Carter and his UN ambassador promised to help out Rhodesians and South Africans in regards to human rights
  • Promised to give back Panama Canal to Panama by 2000
  • Increased diplomatic relations with China

Energy Crisis

  • oil shocks
  • OPEC skyrocketed oil prices
  • Carter would blame economic woes to oil dependence on Middle East
  • When the Shah is overthrown, Iran’s oil economy is affected
  • Many oil pumps close
  • Prices rose in the economy overall
  • Federal budget deficits
  • Carter addresses nation about problem in July 1979

Iranian Hostage Crisis

  • Anti-American Muslim militants keep Americans hostage in embassy
  • Militants demanded the Shah back (he was on a US visit for medical purposes)
  • Soviets make way to Afghanistan
  • Carter attempts to create economic sanctions to help problem
  • He also sends a rescue mission
  • The mission fails
  • Carter ends up boycotting the 1980 Olympics
  • He leaves office unpopular due to the crisis, hurts his reelection bid

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