Asked if he preferred Kennedy to Reagan in the White House, John B. Anderson told a magazine interviewer: "I would be more comfortable with a Teddy Kennedy in the sense that I do believe that the Ronald Reagan view of the problems of our day is so utterly inappropriate."
Reagan, he said, "exemplifies the stereo-type that we Republicans have been trying to rid ourselves of, that we are a party of the rich and well born and we have this 'I'm all right, Jack' philosophy."
Anderson characterized George Bush as "a smug man," . . . the stereotypical, packaged, merchandized kind of candidate who believes the way to win the nomination is to be evasive on the issues to the point where you can appeal to everybody."