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Ex-Illinois Rep. John Anderson, who ran for president, dies

CHICAGO (AP) — Former longtime Illinois Congressman John Anderson, who ran for president as an independent in 1980, has died at age 95.

His daughter, Diane Anderson, said her father died Sunday night in Washington, D.C.

The 10-term GOP congressman originally sought the Republican presidential nomination in 1980, but he later waged an independent campaign against Democratic President Jimmy Carter and Republican challenger Ronald Reagan. Anderson received 7 percent of the national vote.

Diane Anderson said her father became disillusioned with the direction of the Republican Party and what he saw as a move to the far right.

“He really, really believed the two-party system was broken in 1980,” she said. “He wanted to express that, and he did.”

The World War II veteran was from Rockford, about 80 miles (129 kilometers) northwest of Chicago, and earned a law degree from the University of Illinois. He first won his congressional seat in 1960 and served in Congress until 1981.

Anderson was raised in a conservative home, the son of Swedish immigrants who read the Bible daily and attended church each week, and his strong faith remained a constant throughout his life, his daughter said.

She said he “evolved both personally and professionally on social issues” through the civil rights movement of the 1960s, and was proud to cast the deciding vote in the House Rules Committee for the Open Housing Act of 1968, which prohibited discrimination in the sale, financing or rental of housing.

Anderson is survived by his wife of 64 years, Keke, five children and 11 grandchildren.

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He's probably one of the candidates that'll add excitement to scenarios with Anthony's upcoming favorability update. In real life, even if he did draw more from Carter, the margin was too large for it to make a difference. With a skilled player however (or if a weaker candidate makes it out of the GOP primaries), I imagine Anderson could be a factor in a close election.

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51 minutes ago, thr33 said:

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He's probably one of the candidates that'll add excitement to scenarios with Anthony's upcoming favorability update. In real life, even if he did draw more from Carter, the margin was too large for it to make a difference. With a skilled player however (or if a weaker candidate makes it out of the GOP primaries), I imagine Anderson could be a factor in a close election.

RIP. The Republican Party needs more people like him today. It's current path is dark indeed.

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55 minutes ago, thr33 said:

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He's probably one of the candidates that'll add excitement to scenarios with Anthony's upcoming favorability update. In real life, even if he did draw more from Carter, the margin was too large for it to make a difference. With a skilled player however (or if a weaker candidate makes it out of the GOP primaries), I imagine Anderson could be a factor in a close election.

Goodbye Mr. Anderson you were one of the last bastions of sanity in the GOP and truly a great man.

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Rest in Peace. :( 

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The modern GOP should learn from this man. RIP Mr Anderson, you were a good man

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46 minutes ago, Presidentinsertname said:

so you mean betray the base and lose and get a democrat in?

I still can't believe the utter stupidity and thoughtlessness the American political divide has gone. Then I see comments like this. As I have said, the U.S. will never be "Great Again," or have it's old pride or respect, or be able to accomplish the feats it once took pride in, as long as this senseless, vicious, pointless, destructive, self-sabotaging divide remains in place. And certainly any President who feeds into that divide (like Trump) will NEVER be capable of solving of the major problems plaguing the nation - he is INCAPABLE, by nature, of fulfilling his biggest campaign promise of "Making America Great Again." Politics is NOT a team sport, and should NEVER be viewed as such, when the lives and well-being of people are on the line.

"A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand," Abraham Lincoln.

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3 hours ago, Presidentinsertname said:

so you mean betray the base and lose and get a democrat in?

What Democrat got in because of John Anderson?

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25 minutes ago, pilight said:

What Democrat got in because of John Anderson?

Well Reagan was a Democrat while an actor (or at least part of his career therein), as is evident by his radio endorsement ad for Truman for President and Humphrey for Minnesota Senate Seat in 1948. But I'm not sure exactly what @Presidentinsertname is going on about here. Probably just his usual nonsensical babbling in bad grammar...

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Too bad John Anderson didn't drag in enough conservative votes to help Carter win a 2nd term. If Reagan had lost, he probably wouldn't have tried again in 1984. GOP might have still become as conservative as today, but I imagine it would have been delayed without Reagan's leadership. 

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Ok to be fair john anderson was one of the liberal republicans i liked and is it or me are all the famous people dying this week from john to king michael if romanian that one girl from the british sexs scandel that taken down homes (sadly).

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Anderson's 1980 campaign was the primary catalyst for the Sore Loser laws and simultaneous registration schemes we have today. 

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May John Anderson. honorable congressman, candidate, and a man who truly wanted the best for his country and her people, rest in peace. May his legacy live on in the next generation.

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