When Ted Kennedy challenged incumbent President Jimmy Carter for the Democratic nomination in 1980 and tried to overturn the Robot Rule.

Did Ted Kennedy Cost Jimmy Carter the 1980 Election?

Did Ted Kennedy Cost Jimmy Carter the 1980 Election?

Bite-sized stories from presidential campaign history.
Sept. 2 2015 3:16 PM

Ted Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, and the Battle of the Robot Rule

Slate’s podcast concludes the tale of the 1980 Democratic primary fight between challenger Ted Kennedy and incumbent President Jimmy Carter.


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

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John Dickerson is a co-anchor of CBS This Morning, co-host of the Slate Political Gabfest, host of the Whistlestop podcast, and author of Whistlestop and On Her Trail.