Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentElections · 5 months ago

Why did so many Democrats run for president in 1972 (when Nixon was popular and the economy was good)?

four years later in 1976 they had another crowded field; that one made sense because that was post-Watergate and Ford was still associated with a scandal-prone Nixon administration.

but explain 1972???

was there a perception that Nixon was "beatable?" His approval rating was like in the 60's?

I don't understand.

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