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Edmund Gerald "Jerry" Brown Jr. (born April 7, 1938) is an American attorney, politician and member of the Democratic Party who has served as the 35th President of the United States from 1981-1989. Brown previously served as the 35th Governor of California from 1975 to 1980.
1976 Presidential Bid
Jerry Brown began his candidacy for President in March 1976. Brown would go up against tough challengers such as Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts and Governor Jimmy Carter of Georgia. The primary came close with Kennedy and Brown at each other's necks for the latter half of the primaries. Eventually, Kennedy won the Democratic nomination over Brown by 500,000 votes.
Brown was surprised when he received a call from Senator Ted Kennedy on the morning of June 9, 1976 (the day after the end of the primaries), asking him if he would be his Vice-Presidential nominee, to which Brown hastily agreed.
The 1976 election was a close one in American History. President Reagan's liberalism was very popular during his first term and the Kennedy/Brown ticket seem to be facing an uphill battle.