White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest stubbornly refused to correct his assertion that President Barack Obama was the first president since Dwight D. Eisenhower to capture the majority vote in two consecutive elections.
Clip via The Washington Free Beacon
“I don’t think it’s a coincidence that President Obama is actually the first president since President Eisenhower to win two national elections back-to-back, earning a majority vote from the American people,” Earnest maintained.
“Think you mean the first Democrat,” a White House reporter said.
“Uh, the first one since Eisenhower, is actually the first president, Democrat or Republican, to get more than 50 percent of the vote twice,” Earnest asserted.
“Reagan did it twice, actually,” the reporter said.
“Reagan did not do it twice,” Earnest said.
The reporter got to specifics.
“He got 50.7 in 1980,” he said. “But I digress.”
Reagan won 50.7 percent of the popular vote in 1980 against incumbent President Jimmy Carter, who was only able to capture five states plus the District of Columbia.
He was re-elected 1984 by a landslide — 58.8 percent of the popular vote. His challenger, former Vice President Walter Mondale, was only able to claim victory in his home state of Minnesota and the District of Columbia.
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