Election '84: An Interview with the President

Reagan talks about the campaign, political shifts and a second term

During the final eight days of the 1984 election campaign, Ronald Reagan met twice with the editors of TIME for exclusive interviews. The first occasion was in the Oval Office, the second in Los Angeles'Century Plaza Hotel on the afternoon of his election victory. At both sessions he was filled with zest and optimism as he talked of where he felt America stood today and what might be achieved in his second term. Excerpts:

Q. A lot of people have said that this election may bring a political realignment in America. Do...

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