Carter’s re-election sabotage, Interference with Carter’s re-election campaign.

March 19, 2023 by  

More than 40 years have passed, but former Texas Lieutenant Governor Ben Barnes still remembers his trip to the Middle East vividly. At the time, he did not realize the true purpose of the mission, which was to sabotage the re-election campaign of President Jimmy Carter. In 1980, Carter was facing a hostage crisis in Iran that had hindered his presidency and chances of securing a second term. His best hope for victory was to free the 52 Americans held captive before Election Day, something that Barnes’ mentor, former Texas Governor John B. Connally Jr., was determined to prevent.

Connally, a political powerhouse who had served three presidents and recently lost his own bid for the White House, had switched from Democrat to Republican and sought to assist Ronald Reagan in defeating Carter. Barnes claims that in doing so, Connally hoped to make a case for his own appointment as secretary of state or defense in a new administration.

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