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Ronald Reagan ran his Presidential campaign along with his nominee George Bush for Vice President in 1980. Reagan was a Hollywood actor who served as Governor of California prior to his election as President. The 1980 campaign between Reagan and incumbent President Jimmy Carter was conducted amid domestic concerns and the ongoing Iran Hostage Crisis. The Iran Hostage Crisis lasted 444 days where 52 American citizens and diplomats were held as collateral for negotiations between Iran and the United States. Once Reagan was elected, he was able to reach an end to the event in 1981, although the negotiations and resolution contained an exchange of arms that is controversial to this day.