Wednesday, November 04, 2020

We will look at the 2020 vote in Texas with George Rodriguez

We will look at the 2020 vote in Texas with George Rodriguez 11/04 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics

Guest: George Rodriguez, South Texas conservative......We will look at the 2020 vote in Texas..
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Wednesday's video: A word about the election

 

Reagan 1980 many years ago this week!


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As we count the 2020 vote, let me tell you a story about another election that meant a great deal to me.   Like many Cuban Americans, I had grown up hearing that it was better to vote Republican.  It was Ronald Reagan who took it to the next level.  He made it cool to talk about free markets and small government.

Back in November 1980, I was a volunteer on the Reagan-Bush team.  On Friday night, I worked a phone bank and all the senior people were talking about a close election.  A few days before, we had seen Reagan debate President Carter but the impact of “there you go again” was still unclear.  I guess we did not see the impact of that debate until real people voted.

On election day, I voted early, went to work, and then listened to the radio for any detail I could find.  

At 7:00 P.M., I tuned in to the TV, expecting to stay up all night, as I had in 1976, when the Ford-Carter contest literally went into the middle of the next day.

Around 7:00 P.M., the Eastern results came in, and President Carter looked weak.  By 9:00, the Southern results started projecting a Reagan victory.  By 11:00, the Western results made it a landslide.  

The Reagan-Bush team got 489 electoral votes and almost 44 million votes.  It was amazing, to say the least.

Of course, the next part was even better.  The GOP picked up Senate seats and ended up with a majority for the first time in years.

A few days later, I moved to Mexico City to start a banking assignment.  Down south of the border, everyone in Mexico was curious as to how Reagan did it.  I had a lot fun explaining the victory.  Last, but not least, President Carter was seen as a very weak leader and many remembered that Reagan had been a good and popular Governor Reagan of California. 

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Iran 1979: Hard to believe it was so many years ago

Image result for iran embassy 1979 imagesOn this day in 1979, so called "students" stormed the US Embassy in Tehran.    They were followers of the Ayatollah Khomeini.  Days later, Iran's provincial leader resigned, and the Ayatollah Khomeini, the leader of Iran's fundamentalist revolutionaries, took full control of the country—and the fate of the hostages.     Iran has been a mess ever since!  It is a radical regime and a threat to the region.   It went on for over a year and consumed the 1980 presidential election and the Carter presidency.

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