Iranian Hostage Crisis?

Why did Mr. Romney try to give credit to President Reagan for the release of the US hostages held by Iran?

"...the Iranians released the hostages on the same day and at the same hour that Reagan was sworn in." (said on 6March2012)

Does he think that Mr. Reagan works really fast, or was he just ignorant of the negotiations President Carter and the State Department were having?


Yeah, no revisionist history -- we can't reassign credit for what he did.

12 Answers

  • Torgo
    Lv 7
    8 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    At the time, no one gave Reagan credit for the hostages being released, including Reagan himself. We were all just glad it was over.

    One disadvantage young people have is that they don't remember what really happened years ago and they wind up believing what they are told on TV. Those of us with long memories are very often shocked at what passes for 'fact' on the network news.


    Oh, and Reagan was the one who tried to trade arms for hostages, but Republicans don't like talking about that.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Iran deliberately put off releasing the hostages until Carter was out of office but the decision to release them was the result of the Carter administration negogiations.

    Technically, Romney is right in that the hostages were in fact reeased on Reagan's watch .

    Like the fall of the USSR ,Reagan had little to do over time with a number of events but again they happened on his watch so he gets credit .

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    More likely the Iranians released them to Reagan because they had no respect for Carter.

    But the fact remains that if Carter had won election, the hostages would have remained there.

    Your lib teachers did a poor job teaching you history. Not one mention of Iraq invading Iran just prior to this? How the last thing Iran wanted was to be fighting the US and Iraq at the same time?

    Naaa.....had nothing to do with it.

  • 8 years ago

    Some Republicans like to claim that the Iranians feared what Reagan might do if the Iranians had kept the hostages longer.

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  • 8 years ago

    Well, you're both wrong.

    It was Ross Perot who went all A Team and beasted out some hostages. Carter refused to negotiate with terrorists.

    Ross Perot strapped on his boots and went himself. Carter was a wimpy little girl.

  • 8 years ago

    Carter deserved the credit, the deal was reached beforehand.

  • CharP
    Lv 7
    8 years ago revisionist history! Carter sucked as President and even as an Ex-President!

  • 8 years ago

    IF Carter had won that election, those hostages would have been in Iran for four more years...

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    That's Romney's M.O. , to ignore context.

    That is, in fact, a GOP strategy that isn't working out too well for them.

  • David
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    Romney is a twenty first century Republican. He lied. What did you expect?

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