Why Did Nixon Win by a Landslide Victory in 1972

Topics: Watergate scandal, John Dean, President of the United States Pages: 2 (567 words) Published: April 24, 2013
Why did Nixon win by a landslide victory in 1972, only to resign 2 years later?

The primary race in 1972 was between Humphrey, who wasn't very charismatic and disappointingly still too moderate, Jackson, who was the sane Democratic choice, Wallace, whom was labelled a crazy racist Southerner and McGovern, who would soon reveal that although he was a strong candidate his colleagues were not. In order to attract as many people into his banner as possible, McGovern's grassroots campaign basically alienated a large fraction of not only the Dixiecrats, but Democratic Party establishment as he tried to appease not just only to the young anti-war opposition groups, but eventually meandered into inviting every social and political radical group with sizable numbers of voters that he could find.

During the campaign, Nixon's “Vietnamization” was actually working enough to appease the non-radical anti-war opponents and domestically, Nixon's focus on crime helped counter McGovern's focus on poverty since many of the radicals he was supporting were as being part of the ‘crime’ problem due to their somewhat violent protests. The lack of skilful or likeable opposition of course, unsurprisingly, led to Nixon’s second term in office which he won by a 2:1 landslide victory.

Although Nixon seemed to have a water-tight campaign and early into his presidency things were running smoothly, Nixon’s past caught up with him.

The burglary was committed on June 17, 1972, by five men who were caught in the offices of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate apartment and office complex in Washington D.C. Their arrest eventually uncovered a White House-sponsored plan of espionage against political opponents and a trail that led to many of the highest officials in the land, including former U.S. Attorney General John Mitchell, White House Counsel John Dean, White House Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman, White House Special Assistant on Domestic Affairs John Ehrlichman, and...
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