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John B. Anderson

John B. Anderson

John B. Anderson (born February 15, 1922) is a former United States Congressman and Presidential candidate from Illinois.

Quotes by AndersonEdit

  • After spending an adult life of unfulfilled dreams and promises, a man has to prove something to himself. Maybe I’m trying to sum it all up to convince myself that everything I’ve been doing makes sense. I guess, I just want to get it all off my chest before I close up the books.
    • John B. Anderson. Dan Balz, “Anderson Climbs Uphill Toting Heavyweight Issues,” Washington Post, 17 November 1979.
  • The time has come to stop telling the American people only what they want them to hear, and start talking frankly about the sacrifices we must all make.
    • John B. Anderson. Bernard Weinraub, “Anderson Offers Barter: Ideas for Votes,” New York Times, 12 March 1980.
  • [My position] is not designed to win votes. It is designed to address itself to what I think is a problem of crisis proportions. I believe that when you are facing that kind of emergency, you have to be willing to prescribe some pretty tough action. I think the American people are ready for some straight answers. . . When you are confronted with a genuine emergency, then I think you have to look at the interest of the country first.
    • John B. Anderson Issues and Answers, ABC, 9 March 1980
  • I had no great sense of failure. I didn’t come out of the campaign with the sense that I’d thrown my career away or thrown my life away on what was a fruitless, feckless endeavor. I felt that I had made my mark on the pages of history and laid down some markers for others possibly to follow.
    • John B. Anderson Mason, (2011), 412.

Quotes about AndersonEdit

  • Anderson accomplished one of the rarest deeds in Congress . . . [he] actually persuaded some of his Republican colleagues to switch at the last minute from opposition to support of the bill.
    • John Averill, "Illinois Conservative Emerges as Rights Hero in House," Washington Post, 15 April 1968.
  • Overnight, Anderson has become a hero, not only to the civil rights forces, but also to Republican liberals and moderates who hanker for an attractive new face and a voice of eloquence to assume the lead in offering new solutions to the nation’s great domestic crises.
    • John Averill, “Illinois Conservative Emerges as Rights Hero in House,” Washington Post, 15 April 1968.
  • I have never interviewed a politician so open to argument and so unafraid of being done in by a reporter.
    • Robert Scheer, “Playboy Interview: John Anderson,” Playboy, June 1980, 91.
  • A first class congressman, a smart man with interesting ideas, and a figure of some moment in the House.
    • Roger Mudd, CBS Evening News, 30 November 1979.
  • Rep. John Anderson, the Illinois Republican, has so far shown himself to be the candidate most qualified to be president.
    • Joseph Kraft, “A Switch From Weakness,” Washington Post, 11 December 1979
  • Anderson not only is eloquent, he is forthright to the point of bluntness. He has disdained feeding Pablum to the populace. He has pinpointed the nation’s major problems and offered reasonable, if not always palatable, solutions to them.
    • Concord Monitor “For the GOP: Anderson,” Concord Monitor, 21 February 1980.
  • Anderson, alone in the Republican field, has been waging a campaign focused on the issues that are bedeviling America. And he has been making uncommonly good sense. The remarkable thing about him is that he combines two qualities this country very much needs today: a conservative approach to fiscal, tax, and business matters, and a tough but sane attitude toward foreign affairs.
    • Keene Sentinel “Listening to John Anderson,” Keene Sentinel, 20 February 1980.
  • Put me down as a believer. John Anderson is the most impressive candidate in the presidential field. . . Reporters are not used to politicians who look you directly in the eye and tell you exactly what they believe. . . He is giving up a safe congressional seat after twenty years. I admire him for not wanting to spend the rest of his life posturing and pretending to leadership. He decided to try to lead.
    • Richard Reeves, “Anderson’s Great Appeal Influences Only a Few,” Minneapolis Star, 26 February 1980.
  • There is a thread that runs through American presidential politics. It is an urge to find, especially in difficult times, a candidate who is his own man, whose concerns are larger than his party’s, who is a rational moderate in pursuit of what is best for the whole country. In the spring of 1980, John Bayard Anderson of Rockford, Illinois seemed to have seized that thread. He was widely perceived to be good, decent, honest, less partisan, and more intelligent and experienced than the rest of the field.
    • James Deakin, “John Anderson- Biography,” Political Profiles, spring 1980, 17-18.
  • Mr. Anderson is seen as one of those rare politicians whose political standards and sense of values seem more important to him than winning the next election. . . [He is] looking more and more like the quintessential man of principle.
    • John Oates, “The Anderson Principle,” New York Times, 20 March 1980
  • What he did was prove, again, that here is a remarkable candidate of courage and integrity, one who refuses to shape his plans and his principles to conform to this or that pressure group. Instead, he values the welfare of all Americans.
    • Chicago Sun-Times “Anderson’s Budget Prudence,” Chicago Sun-Times, 12 March 1980
  • [Anderson] is not likely to win, but in a race with such doddering bumblers as Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, it is best to not rule anything out.
    • Lawrence Shoup, “Who's Behind John Anderson?” Inquiry, 4 to 18 August 1980, 14.
  • Within the fraternity of professional public opinion pollsters, Rep. John B. Anderson’s independent presidential campaign is regarded today as a serious challenge that could result in Anderson’s election to the White House next November.
    • Robert G. Kaiser, “Anderson Could Win, Pollsters Agree,” Washington Post, 18 June 1980.
  • A vote for Anderson holds out the possibility of something better from our politics and tells whoever wins that at least this voter wants something better.
    • “John Anderson Combines the Best of Both Parties,” Miami Herald, 19 October 1980.
  • We would commend any voter who, from principle, casts a ballot for him. The Illinois congressman has demonstrated that directness wins respect from voters, even when they disagree with what they hear.
    • "Two Sensible Options,” Boston Globe, 30 October 1980.

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