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See Article History Alternative Titles: Nixon defeated Democrat Hubert H. McCarthy , challenged Democratic Pres. Johnson on his Vietnam War policies.
Johnson had succeeded to the presidency in , following the assassination of John F. Kennedy , and had been overwhelmingly reelected in Early in his term he was immensely popular, but U. Eisenhower and Kennedy, became highly visible with rapidly increasing U. The elections reinstated the Republicans as a large minority in Congress, and social legislation slowed, competing with the Vietnam War for the available money.
A general crime increase and sporadic violence in the cities raised apprehension in white communities.
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Early in , Michigan Republican Gov. George Romney announced his candidacy for the presidency. Peace factions and black militants talked of nominating their own candidates, and a rerun of the four-way race of seemed possible. Primaries In this setting, McCarthy, whose criticism of the administration on its Vietnam policies had become increasingly caustic, announced his candidacy for president and entered the New Hampshire primary—the first of the presidential primaries.
Rockefeller denied that he was a candidate but said that he would accept a draft; 30 Republican leaders endorsed him. Johnson announcing that he would not seek renomination, March 31, Johnson won 48 percent of the vote, but McCarthy, with 42 percent, won 20 of the 24 delegates.
Nixon won the Republican primary; Romney, with polls indicating that he had little hope of winning, had withdrawn from the primary and the presidential race. A few days later Robert F.
Kennedy announced that he would enter the race on the Democratic side. On March 31 President Johnson stunned the country by announcing an end to the bombing of most of North Vietnam—and his decision not to seek reelection. Two days later McCarthy won a somewhat diluted triumph over the president in the Wisconsin primary.
However, he took all the delegates in the Massachusetts primary. The upset Republican winner in Massachusetts was Rockefeller, for whom a hasty write-in campaign had been contrived.
John Volpe, who was on the ballot, and Richard Nixon , who was not, and reversed his decision not to run. Humphrey then declared his candidacy and hurriedly assembled an organization to hunt delegates. He also won in Washington, D. The next week, on June 4, Kennedy scored a solid victory over McCarthy in California , but shortly after midnight, as the votes were still being counted, Kennedy was fatally shot.
Kennedy campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination in Detroit, May 15, Kennedy addressing a crowd moments before he was fatally wounded at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, June 5, However, dissenters were taking an increasingly hard line against him and the administration. To ardent liberals, Humphrey—until recently denounced by rightists as a dangerous radical—was becoming the very image of the establishment. Conventions The national conventions of the two parties could hardly have been more dissimilar.
The Republicans convened amid the orderly opulence of Miami Beach , Florida, where the only hot question was whether Rockefeller, California Gov. Ronald Reagan , and assorted favourite sons could stop Nixon. The answer was no, partly because one of the favourite sons, Maryland Gov. Spiro Agnew , released his delegation and declared for Nixon as the convention opened. At left is Gerald R. Ford, then Republican leader of the House of Representatives.
AP Nixon, Richard M.: Just after the Soviet Union moved its Warsaw Pact troops into Czechoslovakia, the Democrats met—mired in disorder inside and outside the hall, amid disabling telephone, taxi, and bus strikes in a tension-filled Chicago.
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The city resembled one under siege, and the main question seemed to be whether the convention could go on at all. Security had been no problem for the Republican convention, with the only disorder occurring miles away on the Florida mainland. But the Democrats were beset by organized plans to disrupt the convention proceedings within the hall and throughout the city.
The Coalition for an Open Convention had brought about 1, dissenting Democrats to Chicago two months in advance in order to plan challenges to delegate credentials and also a platform repudiating the Democratic administration.
The most notorious scene took place on Wednesday night, August 28, when the organizers assembled their followers near the television cameras outside the convention headquarters hotel, the Conrad Hilton.
Most of the minute donnybrook touched off by brickbats, bottles, and bags hurled at police by agitators was caught on film, and the footage was shown on television throughout the country for the rest of the week.
In peaceful Miami Beach, the Republicans lacked even the excitement of fights over delegate credentials. Two African American-led protests over white Southern delegations were filed too late for action. But in Chicago the Democrats faced challenges involving a record 17 state delegations. In response they threw out the entire Mississippi regular delegation in favour of an integrated challenge slate, seated an integrated Georgia challenge delegation alongside Gov.
The Republicans made one mildly worded and uncontroversial rule change, prohibiting discrimination in selecting future delegates. There were 26 African Americans among the 1, Republican delegates; by contrast, of the 3, Democratic delegates were black.
The Democrats, after rancorous debate, outlawed the unit rule that an entire delegation must vote the will of its majority at the convention and prohibited it at every level down to the precinct in selecting delegates for In addition, the Democrats required delegates to the convention to be chosen in that calendar year rather than long in advance. In Miami Beach any controversy over the platform was smoothed out in committee; a hard-line plank on Vietnam was watered down. But in Chicago the long-brewing fight over the Vietnam War policy went to the convention floor in a historic two-hour debate that was finally resolved for the majority relatively hard-line plank in a roll-call vote.
The move angered many liberals, who tried to draft an alternative. The Democratic vice presidential nominee, Edmund Muskie , was a respected and seasoned U. Ted Kennedy ; after a couple of days, the Massachusetts senator asked that his name not be placed in nomination.
In spite of entering no primaries, Humphrey had gained the necessary delegate votes weeks earlier. After the increasing bitterness of the preconvention campaign between McCarthy and Humphrey, it was not surprising that McCarthy told supporters he could not endorse the nominee. A relative surprise, perhaps, was the dignity, grace, and sportsmanship of South Dakota Sen. He urged Senate ratification of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty, chiding Nixon for advocating delay.
For the first month of the campaign, Nixon seemed to be the only American listening to his rival. Muskie concentrated his campaign largely on crime, the Wallace candidacy, and Vietnam. He was becoming better known and appeared to be adding strength to the Democratic ticket. That strength was needed. During the early part of the campaign, Humphrey trailed Nixon badly in the polls.
The Nixon campaign appeared to run effortlessly, on a five-day week that left the candidate free to relax on weekends at Key Biscayne, Florida. Not so for Humphrey, who was angered and frustrated at his inability to penetrate the sound barrier raised by his ever-present hecklers and also depressed by the polls. But at last his campaign organization began to hum.
Young people began to listen, and hecklers were shouted down by growing Humphrey crowds. George Wallace was nominated as the presidential candidate of the newly formed American Independent Party. He had no running mate until October, when he selected retired air force general Curtis LeMay. But Wallace hardly seemed to need a running mate.
He had one speech, which the faithful received joyously. His appeal went beyond the South, finding some supporters in Boston and New York as well. By mid-October the Humphrey campaign began to catch fire. The polls began to turn around. Then Humphrey began to climb, cutting into both Wallace and undecided votes.
On the CBS show he maintained his composure and sidestepped difficult questions with ease. On Meet the Press he comfortably handled a series of uncommonly benign queries that enabled him to state his position on key issues with calm and statesmanlike dignity.
On Thursday, October 31, five days before the election, President Johnson lobbed the last bombshell into election year After weeks of negotiation, North Vietnam had agreed to substantive peace talks in Paris.
Rumours of such progress had been current for months. Nixon handled the new situation in a measured and dignified manner, although some of his supporters saw the move as politically motivated.
The Republicans carried 32 states, with electoral votes one elector pledged to Nixon voted for Wallace, however ; were needed to win. Humphrey won 13 states and Washington, D. Wallace carried 5 states, with 45 electoral votes. Overall, Nixon won The Republicans gained a few seats in the House of Representatives and five in the Senate, but the Democrats retained a majority in both houses—thus making Nixon the first president since Zachary Taylor in who would not have his party in the majority in either house of Congress at the beginning of his first term.
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