American President Jimmy Carter announced his candidacy on Tuesday (4 December), for re-election in November, 1980.
GV: President Carter and wife Rosalynn, with Vice-President Walter Mondale and his wife Joan arriving at news conference in White Houes.
CU: President Carter speaking as crowd applauds PULL OUT TO Mr. Carter and Mr. Mondale shaking hands (2 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: CARTER: "I speak to you this afternoon at a sombre time. Fifty Americans continue to be held captive in Iran. Hostages of a mob and a government, that have become one and the same. This crisis precipitated by this unlawful and unprecedented act, has demanded my closest attention, since the first moment that it began. But the process of democratic self-government is the heart of our liberties and our strength, and it must go forward. Every four years, in good times and in bad, in times of peace and in times of war, in times of crisis and in times of calm, the American people elect a President. So it has been since 1789. And so it will be in 1980. For the last month I have curtailed my political activities. And I would have preferred to postpone this announcement till a later time. However, election laws in certain states require formal declarations of candidacy, within the next few days. There fore I formally declare that I am a candidate for re-election as president of the United States of America.
I intend to be re-nominated by the Democratic Party. And i intend to ask the Democratic convention to re-nominate the most effective Vice-President in the history of the United States, Walter Mondale."
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Background: American President Jimmy Carter announced his candidacy on Tuesday (4 December), for re-election in November, 1980. His declaration came amid signs that his handling of the Iran crisis had strengthened him in his battle with his major Democratic Party rival, Senator Edward Kennedy. In announcing his bid for another four-year term, he said he would ask for the renomination of Walter Mondale as his running mate for Vice-President
SYNOPSIS: AT a Washington press conference President Carter arrived with his wife Rosalynn and Vice-President Walter Mondale with his wife Joan. The brief ceremony was shorn of all political fanfare because of the situation of hostages being held in the U.S. Embassy in Teheran.