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On This Day In 1952: VP Alben Barkley Jumps Into Prez Race

July 6, 1952:


After weeks of hinting that he would be available for the Democratic presidential nomination, Vice President Alben Barkley goes one step further, announcing he will actively seek the nod. As his campaign button suggests, he is hoping lightning will strike.

The announcement comes just two weeks before the party convention will open in Chicago. President Harry Truman surprised the nation back in March by saying he will not run again.

Barkley, at 74, would have been the oldest person ever elected to the presidency. The leading Democratic candidates are thought to be Sen. Estes Kefauver of Tennessee and Averell Harriman, the Mutual Security Administration director, but the nomination will go to Illinois Gov. Adlai Stevenson.

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