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  Past Election What-ifs (US) (Moderators: Dalla Piccola, Apocrypha)
  1968: Humphrey vs. Reagan (search mode)
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Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey
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« on: September 16, 2010, 06:49:55 pm »

I had no idea who Reagan would pick as a running mate in 1968. I figured he'd pick a midwesterner.

I'd think Reagan would have to choose a moderate running mate to ease tensions within the party that had festered in 1968. Someone like John Volpe, William Scranton, Margaret Chase Smith, or even Nelson Rockefeller.
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Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey
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« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2010, 07:01:14 pm »

Reagan would need someone with a lot of experience, as he'd have to convince the nation that a man with less than two years' experience as Governor is ready for the Presidency.
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Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey
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« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2010, 07:44:37 pm »

Reagan was a good politician though. He'd be able to make his conservatism marketable, and could easily woo voters to vote for him. He would not make Goldwaterite mistakes like criticizing Social Security in Florida or proposing to sell the TVA in Tennessee. That being said, I think he'd win by a closer margin than Nixon. Here's a close election with Wallace in the picture.


Ronald Reagan (R-CA)/John Volpe (R-MA): 289 EV
Hubert Humphrey (D-MN)/Edmund Muskie (D-ME): 204 EV
George Wallace (AI-AL)/Curtis LeMay (AI-CA)

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Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey
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« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2010, 09:33:28 pm »

Anybody wanna do a JFK/Reagan vs. Rockefeller/Romney? I know who I'd vote for.

Kennedy by a million miles.

Ooooooh Yeeeaaaah.

Kennedy Kennedy Kennedy Kennedy Kennedy Kennedy Ken-ne-dy for me! Kennedy! Kennedy! Kennedy! Kennedy!
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Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey
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« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2010, 10:08:19 pm »

Anybody wanna do a JFK/Reagan vs. Rockefeller/Romney? I know who I'd vote for.

I thought IRL 1968 was as bad as it gets . . .

JFK wasn't that bad; he was arguably good. Plus Reagan makes up for it on the ticket.
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