The Presidential Election Of 1972



had two strong candidates, President
Richard Nixon and George McGovern. There were many issues which had a great
deal of importance to the election. The Vietnam war and the stability of the
economy at the time were two main factors. The election ended in one the
largest political scandals in U.S. history, being the Watergate break-in, and
cover-up, by President Richard Nixon.
The Democratic party had a large selection of candidates from which to
choose for the primary elections of 1972. There were many well known candidates
who entered the race for the nomination. The leading contenders were Edmund S.
Muskie of Maine, Senator George McGovern of South Dakota and Hubert H. ...

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Wallace had a devastating moment in his campaign while in
Maryland. "In early May a sick young man named Arthur Bremer altered the
politics of 1972. As Governor Wallace campaigned toward certain victory in the
Maryland primary, Bremer stepped forward out of a shopping-center crowd and shot
him four times. Wallace survived, but at the cost of being paralyzed from the
waist down. Maryland's voters surged out on election day to give Wallace a huge
victory, his last of 1972. While Wallace recuperated, the millions who would
have voted for him as a Democratic or independent candidate began to move in
overwhelming proportions behind the candidacy began to move in overwhelming
proportions behind the candidacy of Richard Nixon." (Benton, William. "U.S.
Election of 1972." Encyclopedia Britannica Book of the Year. pg.12-13, 1973
ed.)1
When the California primary was approaching, Humphrey tried to save the
nomination for himself. "Humphrey excoriated his old senate friend ...

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with both men and women, that he beat his wife, and then
the topper which claimed that Muskies' wife was an alcoholic. These false
statements destroyed Muskies' campaign and reputation of being a calm
trustworthy candidate. Then one day "mounting the bed of a truck parked outside
the offices of the archconservative Manchester Union Leader, Muskie launched an
attack on the paper's publisher, William Loeb. As he spoke of Loeb's
unflattering remarks about Mrs. Muskie, the senator's voice cracked, and the
crowd saw tears form in his eyes."1 This incident badly dented Muskie's image.
After that event, people saw Muskie as a weak person. They didn't want a weak
person running the ...

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