American History: The Vietnam War

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“Nixon Wins By Thin Margin” read the front page of the New York Times on Thursday November 7th, 1968, two days after Election Day. Richard Nixon won about 4 times the margin he lost to John F. Kennedy in 1960. The craziness that occurred during the election went hand in hand with the chaos of 1968. In this election, there were three candidates: Richard Nixon of the Republican Party, Hubert Humphrey of the Democratic Party, and George Wallace of the American Independent Party. The candidates did not know it at the time, but they would become part of the Presidential Election that would help shape American Politics to what they are today. The election of Richard Nixon in 1968 marked a turning point in the American political ideology,…show more content…
Wallace knew he did not have good odds of wining the election. His goal, instead, was to win enough electoral votes to prevent either of the other candidates from reaching the 270-vote minimum. This would force either a vote in the House of Representatives or a bargaining process for electoral votes, where Wallace would be able to achieve some of his political objectives (“Nixon Wins” n.pag.). The candidates focused on two main topics: the Vietnam War and civil unrest. Each candidate agrees that the civil unrest must be stopped, but George Wallace wanted to end it with segregation while the other two candidates had more practical means. As for the issue of the Vietnam War, LBJ asked all candidates to not speak of their solutions to the Vietnam War for that it would weaken the United States' power at the negotiating table. Humphrey stayed silent about his personal ordeal and agrees with LBJ's Vietnam War policies. Nixon said he had a secret plan, which was never revealed during the election, to solve the Vietnam War. George Wallace wanted total victory in Vietnam, but if not achieved in ninety days, he would withdraw all troops from Vietnam. A Gallup poll on the 27th of September showed Nixon with 43% of the vote, Humphrey with 28%, and Wallace with 21% (White 412). The Wallace Campaign, due to General LeMay's comments on the
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