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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentElections · 3 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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  • 3 months ago
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    nixon was a criminal and con man kinda like lbj

    • Clive
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      3 months agoReport

      That doesn't answer the question. Watergate happened later.

  • 3 months ago

    A lot of people were unhappy about the Vietnam War. That made Nixon vulnerable. Some people do care about other things besides the economy- like needless deaths in a pointless war.

  • 3 months ago

    Acutally Nixon's approval didn't reach 60 unitil later on in the process. It was around 50% in 1971.

    https://historyinpieces.com/research/nixon-approva...

    https://www.nytimes.com/1971/09/13/archives/nixons...

  • 3 months ago

    the Dems almost always have lots of candidates before the primaries

    • Paladin
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      3 months agoReport

      Lois, that article is clearly poorly researched, it says only 4 Dems ran in 2016 when the number was substantially more

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