A look back at George H.W. Bush's visit to WIFR in 1980

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - As the nation honors the life and legacy of former President George H.W. Bush, we thought it was only fitting to dust off the archives to bring you a portion of the last appearance by the 41st President at the WIFR studios: when he was a vice presidential candidate in the fall of 1980.

"I don't think we have any surprise. We're just trying to talk hope instead of despair and I think it's getting through and that's why I think we're going to win this election." said Bush during a 4 minute 10 second interview with the late Rod Grams; who was 23 News Anchor in the fall of 1980.

It was a policy driven interview, but you could see the country- over-party mantra that the eventual 41st President was known for. Specifically when the two discussed the most powerful current event at the time: the Iranian hostage crisis.

"I did support him when we made that raid," said Bush. "Everybody using hindsight wishes it was successful and that lives hadn't been lost. But I think it's going to take, to deter those events in the future and maybe get them released, I think it really is going to take a change in administration. But I hope not. I hope those hostages come out of there and come out soon. It transcends politics."

The 41st President will be laid to rest on Thursday, December 6th at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University.