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United States 1972 - President Hubert H. Humphrey


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Greetings,

Here is my 1972 scenario in the works...

Hubert Horatio Humphrey manages to win the close 1968 Election and defeat Nixon once and for all. However, doubts among hesitant Democrats regarding Vietnam materialize as the war drags on in 'Nam. Coming into 1972, the Republicans have a fit and ready line-up in George Romney, Ronald Reagan, Nelson Rockefeller, and many more. Will the re-energized GOP finally reclaim the White House? Or can Humphrey win a second term?

Republicans

Gov. George Romney

Gov. Ronald Reagan

Gov. Spiro Agnew

Gov. Nelson Rockefeller

Gov. James Rhodes

Sen. Clifford Case

Sen. Henry Cabot Lodge

Democrats

Pres. Hubert Humphrey

Sen. Eugene McCarthy

Sen. George Smathers

Gov. Margaret Chase-Smith

Please submit your ideas for candidate ratings etc. :)

POLLWONK

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Magnificent! I think this scenario will be quite interesting (the 1964/1968 scenarios I played never really showed the full potential of Democrats and Republicans in the 1960' - early 1970'). I would like to know what happens with the American Independent Party, who will lead them this time?

Smathers and McCarthy challenging Humphrey is a very interesting idea (I assume Smathers will try to be the next Kennedy), but I think a more powerful southern democrat is missing (like George Wallace or John Connally), and the GOP should be a massacre with Reagan and Agnew trying to finish the liberals. However, I have my doubts about Gerald Ford running for president, I think he wasn't interested on the job before Nixon and Agnew both resigned in real life. And, as a last request, any chance for George McGovern, Charles Percy or Margaret Chase-Smith running in the primaries?

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I'm really missing George Wallace, here. I think maybe he'd be the go-to anti-administration candidate for the South rather than Smathers. You might even have the option to have him on either as a Democrat or the AIP candidate in the general. Do you think including Ted Kennedy, defaulted to "off," would be a good inclusion? We know that he really doesn't have a problem challenging sitting presidents. Just a thought.

I've come up with a base list of numbers for a few of the candidates:

Ronald Reagan

Leadership: 5

Integrity: 3

Experience: 3

Issue Knowledge: 3

Debating Skill: 5

Charisma: 5

Stamina: 4

Nelson Rockefeller

Leadership: 4

Integrity: 2

Experience: 4

Issue Knowledge: 4

Debating Skill: 3

Charisma: 4

Stamina: 3

George Romney

Leadership: 2

Integrity: 3

Experience: 4

Issue Knowledge: 3

Debating Skill: 3

Charisma: 3

Stamina: 4

Jim Rhodes

Leadership: 3

Integrity: 3

Experience: 3

Issue Knowledge: 3

Debating Skill: 3

Charisma: 3

Stamina: 3

Sprio Agnew

Leadership: 4

Integrity: 1

Experience: 4

Issue Knowledge: 3

Debating Skill: 4

Charisma: 4

Stamina: 3

Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

Leadership: 4

Integrity: 3

Experience: 5

Issue Knowledge: 5

Debating Skill: 3

Charisma: 2

Stamina: 2

Margaret Chase Smith (who is/was a Republican, by the way)

Leadership: 2

Integrity: 4

Experience: 4

Issue Knowledge: 3

Debating Skill: 4

Charisma: 3

Stamina: 2

Clifford Case

Leadership: 3

Integrity: 3

Experience: 4

Issue Knowledge: 4

Debating Skill: 3

Charisma: 3

Stamina: 3

Hubert Humphrey

Leadership: 3

Integrity: 4

Experience: 5

Issue Knowledge: 4

Debating Skill: 3

Charisma: 3

Stamina: 4

George Wallace (shameless plug)

Leadership: 5

Integrity: 2

Experience: 3

Issue Knowledge: 3

Debating Skill: 4

Charisma: 5

Stamina: 4

Eugene McCarthy

Leadership: 4

Integrity: 5

Experience: 3

Issue Knowledge: 4

Debating Skill: 3

Charisma: 3

Stamina: 3

And there you have it. My opinion on the candidates and their ratings.

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Also, I think if a very LIBERAL Hubert H. Humphrey was elected, you need a few more conservatives. Not all subscribed to George Wallace and his overt racial politics.

Sam Yorty of Los Angeles is definitely one LAW & ORDER Democrat. You might also want to see a "Mayor" Louise Day Hicks, ex-U.S. Congresswoman, who is conservative and a Democrat. Sort of like a Democratic Michelle Bachmann.

Sam Yorty

Leadership: 3
Integrity: 3
Experience: 4
Issue Knowledge: 4
Debating Skill: 5
Charisma: 3
Stamina: 4

Louise Day Hicks

Leadership: 4

Integrity: 2
Experience: 3
Issue Knowledge: 5
Debating Skill: 4
Charisma: 3
Stamina: 3

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