WHEN YOU COMPARE THIS VIDEO from 1980 to the Republican primary debates of today, it’s hard to imagine they’re from the same party. In the video both George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan take a compassionate, nuanced stance toward immigration. Bush even says he would like to see immigration policy that is “so sensitive and so understanding of labor needs and human needs.”
And during a Republican primary season where we saw candidates shouting, interrupting, and insulting each other (and even discussing penis size), it’s remarkably refreshing to see these candidates calmly arguing their point, and laughing cordially when deciding who should speak first.
Check out the video above to remember a time when politics wasn’t the extremist, reality show it seems to be today.