Seeking to one-up Bush, McCain cites Ronnie Raygun:
“I believe that it’s not an accident that our hostages came home from Iran when President Reagan was president of the United States. He didn’t sit down in a negotiation with the religious extremists in Iran, he made it very clear that those hostages were coming home."The hostages were released six minutes after Reagan was inaugurated.
Pretty awesome, huh, that just his mere being President, for less time than it takes me to eat my Cheerios in the morning, scared the Iranians into freeing the hostages? They must have known right away that he wasn't the kind of guy who would, say, sell them weapons in exchange for getting Hezbollah to release some hostages.
And those allegations that Reagan negotiated in 1980 to delay the release of the hostages until after the election? Just rumors, unless you want to believe what the guy who was president of Iran at the time says.