The Eagleton Affair: When a VP Selection Went Terribly Wrong

Air Date: 07/26/2012
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When George McGovern arrived at the 1972 Democratic convention, his campaign priority was to fend off rival Hubert Humphrey's last ditch attempt to win the nomination through an obscure rule change. Picking a running mate was relegated to the backburner. But after officially winning the nomination, McGovern hastily chose Senator Thomas Eagleton of Missouri as his vice presidential candidate, a man with whom McGovern had only spoken twice. The Eagleton affair, as it soon came to be known, would ultimately change how vice presidential running mates are vetted and chosen today.