Back in 1980, Carter semi-suspended his campaign due to the hostage crisis.  He then reversed course because it didn’t seem to help.  Odd that McCain would choose that example to emulate. 

Can’t comment further b/c I’m at work & I’ve taken enough time already finding this thing.

The actual article that spells it out is behind a wall, but here’s a link to the abstract.

http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F60812F7385C12728DDDAA0A94DD405B8084F1D3&scp=1&sq=carter%20&%20hostages%20&%20election%20&%20suspend&st=cse

hattip to H. Wasserman at prawfsblawg who asked the question that prompted me to search the archives.

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