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To: goldstategop
Why did Nixon pick Lodge as his running mate in 1960? To make himself seem more respectable to the Eastern establishment?

I know someone who is now a fanatic Democrat who was a young Republican attending the University of Tennessee in 1960. He went to meet Lodge when he arrived in Knoxville for a campaign stop and claims that Lodge was drunk when he got there. Whether that's true or not, the Nixon-Lodge ticket carried Tennessee. (Nixon never lost Tennessee the five times he was on a national ticket.)

7 posted on 01/17/2010 6:20:50 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Verginius Rufus

Nixon picked Lodge as a kowtow to Rockefeller and the liberal wing of the Republican party. It was a stupid pick. He should have picked Goldwater, whose book was the best selling manifesto since Common Sense. Nixon going to see Rockefeller and asceding to his demands was called the American Munich.


8 posted on 01/17/2010 6:27:57 PM PST by cotton1706
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