L. Pratt of Natick, Mass., asks, 'Whatever happened to ...?' Presidential Candidate John Anderson
Undettered after losing the Republican Party's presidential nomination to Ronald Reagan in 1980, John Anderson created his own political party. He became one of the few credible third-party candidates for president in this century.
Mr. Anderson's National Unity Party platform was credited with wooing liberal voters away from President Carter and thus contributing to Reagan's landslide victory.
Like the next significant independent candidate after him (H. Ross Perot in 1992), Anderson still strongly supports grass-roots political activism. He has been president of The Center for Voting and Democracy, which encourages citizen participation, and is now president of the World Federalist Association, a world-government group.
The longtime Republican congressman from Illinois spent many years after the election teaching political science at places like Stanford and Oregon State universities
Anderson, who still lectures on politics, now lives in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
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