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History of John Anderson’s 1980 Independent Presidential Candidacy About to be Published

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History of John B. Anderson’s 1980 Independent Presidential Candidacy About to be Published

May 30th, 2011

Jim Mason’s book “No Holding Back: the 1980 John B. Anderson Presidential Campaign” is about to be published, and can be pre-ordered at Amazon. This book is considerably longer than an earlier history about that campaign, “Diary of a Dark Horse.”

Anderson made history by being the first independent presidential candidate (as opposed to a minor party presidential candidate) to get on the ballot of all states. In order to do that, he had to win all of his 10 ballot access lawsuits, which he did. The most significant of his victories was the U.S. Supreme Court decision Anderson v Celebrezze, which struck down early petition deadlines for independent and minor party presidential candidates.

Anderson pioneered the technique of using a stand-in vice-presidential candidate on his petitions, and then asking states to let him substitute his actual nominee, Patrick Lucey, a former Democratic Governor of Wisconsin. Anderson didn’t choose Lucey until August 27, 1980, too late for Lucey’s name to be included on petitions in virtually all states. Anderson sued the handful of states that didn’t let him substitute, and won all those cases. Unfortunately he didn’t have the resources to sue South Dakota, the one state that wouldn’t print Lucey’s name on the ballot.


  1. Gene Berkman Gene Berkman June 5, 2011

    John Anderson was just another boring pro-government politician. His “independent” campaign was more an ego trip than a “challenge” to the bipartisan establishment.

    In 1980 John Anderson’s only original idea was a 50 cent a gallon tax on gasoline, to save Social Security. He did not take into account the fact that working people don’t get an expense allowance like Congressmen do.

    Since 1980 he was interviewed during the first Iraq War, which he supported as a United Nations authorized war. As head of the World Federalist Movement, Andreson expressed support for Bush’s New World Order.

  2. Cody Quirk Cody Quirk June 3, 2011

    You ‘vetted’?

  3. The first time I vetted for a non Dem / non GOP presidential ticket I voted for Anderson – Lacey.

    After being completely turned off by the first TV debate, Nixon verses JFK, 1960, Anderson 1980 is largely to blame for my life long hope for progress in non-major party politics!

    I’ve already requested the library get a copy.

  4. Kleptocracy and You Kleptocracy and You June 3, 2011

    @3 LOL-Wait a while longer my friend, it’ll be in the dollar store, soon enough !

  5. NewFederalist NewFederalist June 3, 2011

    I think I’ll wait until I can get it on Albris a few months from now for cheap. Now if it were about the Ed Clark campaign…

  6. Deran Deran June 3, 2011

    The first time I voted for pres I voted for Anderson. Anderson is to blame for my life long love of non-major party politics! I’ve already requested the library get a copy.

  7. J. W. Evans J. W. Evans June 3, 2011

    Ahhhh, sweet.
    I want to buy this right now, but even with an amazon discount, it’s close to 60 dollars,

    I’m assuming when it’s actually released though, it’ll go down,

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