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March 9, 1980 – Political news this day in March 1980. Politics of the hostage negotiation kind and Politics of the Presidential election kind. The situation in Iran was becoming muddled and confused, primarily because of a clash of wills between Foreign Minister Sadeh Ghotbzadeh and the Student militants holding the 50 American hostages. Seems Ghotbzadeh was adamant about the deadline for students giving up control of the hostages, turning them over to the ruling council or giving them over to the UN. The students were adamant about keeping the hostages where they were; in their possession. The students issued a new set of demands, which included a public announcement of the time for the exchange; at least 8 hours before the captives were to be turned over. Ghotbzadeh said it was an obvious ploy for a demonstration at the Embassy that could hold up the process. But a spokeswoman for the militants said it wasn’t true saying the hostages would be delivered any time the Revolutionary Council wanted. But it didn’t mean that they weren’t in the hands of the Iranian people, who were also adamant they were going nowhere until the Shah was returned. The council was expected to meet the following day and announce how it would be dealing with this new wrinkle.
Meanwhile, Campaign ’80 was already in the midst of casualties. This one in the form of John Connally, who announced he was withdrawing from the race, saying he was convinced his defeat in the South Carolin Primary was ample indication he would be unable to stop Ronald Reagan. He went further to add his expression of doubt that any other GOP candidate could. After spending some $10 million campaigning, Connally ended in debt and with one delegate by way of the Arkansas caucus to show for it.
All that, and a lot more for this March 9, 1980 as presented by CBS Radio’s Hourly News with Deborah Potter.