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The quest to the White House in 1972 by Jimmy Carter began by becoming head of the Democratic Governor's Campaign Committee. In 1974, he furthered himself by being termed the campaign chairman of the Democratic National Committee. This position gave Carter access to Democrats countrywide. Jimmy Carter publicized his contention for president before the start of the new year. The contact with his party was not enough to gainhim widespread recognition. "Jimmy Who Is Running For What!?" was the front-page headline for the top newsprint in his own home state!Carter gained an advantage in the 1976 election from being so obscure. Public confidence in the government was shattered from the nightmares that were Vietnam and Watergate. Leaders who were outside the Washington compass were gathering the attention of the American public. Depicting himself as a mysterious outsider who could purge the chaos in Washington, the opposition was purely out maneuvered by Carter.