Journal E Illusions and Delusions: The Watergate Decade Journal E: The Watergate Decade

Jimmy Carter Rising
Jimmy Carter in New Hampshire living room during primary, 1976

On July 14, 1976 James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, former governor of Georgia, was nominated on the first ballot for the presidency. He selected Senator Walter Mondale of Minnesota as his running mate.

On August 19, the Republicans narrowly nominated Gerald Ford as its nominee over former California governor Ronald Reagan, and Senator Robert Dole of Kansas was nominated for vice president.

In the same year, Barbara Walters became the first anchorwoman of a network news program and the highest-paid in television history with a five-year, $5,000,000 contract with ABC.

Photo © 2001 Mark Godfrey