Photo gallery: A look back at John B. Anderson's run for president
Rockford's dark horse faced long odds, but it didn't matter. On June 8, 1979, John B. Anderson told a hometown audience of 750, "I am seeking the Republican nomination for President of the United States."
The next day the Register Star reported that Anderson, who was frequently interrupted by applause in announcing his candidacy, repeated statements made earlier in the day that America needs to draw together, and as a new national purpose, resolve to solve the problems at hand.
When Congress is confused, it has been said the presidency must become, "a clear beacon of national purpose," Anderson said.
Anderson represented Illinois in the U.S. Congress from 1960 to 1980. He dropped out of the 1980 Republican primary, but re-entered the race as an independent and garnered 6 million votes.
Anderson also had been one of the first Republicans to call for President Nixon's resignation during the Watergate scandal.
With less than a week to go before the nation elects its next president, this photo gallery, compiled from the archives of the Rockford Register Star, takes a look back at Rockford's 1980 presidential candidate.
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