When Ted Kennedy challenged incumbent President Jimmy Carter for the Democratic nomination in 1980 and flopped during an interview with Roger Mudd.

Ted Kennedy Gave a Comically Bad Answer to the “Why Do You Want to Be President?” Question

Ted Kennedy Gave a Comically Bad Answer to the “Why Do You Want to Be President?” Question

Bite-sized stories from presidential campaign history.
July 22 2015 4:56 PM

The Worst Answer to “Why Do You Want to Be President?” in Campaign History

Slate’s podcast about presidential campaign history remembers when Ted Kennedy challenged incumbent President Jimmy Carter for the Democratic nomination in 1980.

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Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential campaign history. Hosted by our chief political correspondent and Political Gabfest panelist John Dickerson, each weekly installment will revisit a memorable (or even a forgotten) moment from America’s quadrennial carnival.

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