US/1968 Presidential election

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Date8 November 1968

In the 1968 United States presidential election, the US public chose Richard Nixon.

Democratic Party nomination

The Democratic Party establishment preferred candidate Hubert Humphrey. Senator Eugene McCarthy ran as a peace candidate. Robert F. Kennedy entered the race late, leading to some resentment among the McCarthy staff.

"As the California campaign heated up, the Humphrey and McCarthy campaigns seemed to be collaborating to drive Kennedy out of the race. The ties between the two campaigns began to grow when a former CIA official name Thomas Finney, who was close to Humphrey, took over as McCarthy's new campaign manager in the final weeks of the Oregon campaign. Finney's sudden appearance as McCarthy's campaign boss - and reports that Humphrey partisans had funneled $50,000 to McCarthy - drove some of the peace candidate's staff to resign in protest. It is possible that the CIA and the Democratic Party establishment were working to split the peace vote to hand the nomination to Humphrey."[1]

"But McCarthy himself was surprisingly popular in CIA circles, where Kennedy was reviled and there was growing disaffection with the war, which some intelligence officials believed was damaging the country's national security interests. Dick Helms, who advised President Johnson in a secret 1967 memo that the CIA believed he could withdraw from Vietnam without any permanent damage to the United States, was one of McCarthy's sympathizers in the agency's upper ranks. Over the years - Helms wrote in his memoirs - he and the Minnesota senator 'lunched occasionally and encountered one another at the usual Washington events...McCarthy was always good company, intelligent and witty.'"[1]

Robert F. Kennedy/Assassination

Full article: Robert F. Kennedy/Assassination

Robert F. Kennedy hoped to become president and then use the US presidential authority to try to discover and expose JFK's killers. However, he was assassinated on June 5, 1968 just after winning the California primary elections.

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  1. a b David Talbot Brothers, the Hidden History of the Kennedy Years, page 360

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