The Eagleton Fiasco of 1972 With the death of former Sen. Thomas Eagleton, we recall a time when presidential nominating conventions were actually suspenseful. Eagleton won the nomination as Sen. George McGovern's running mate in 1972 — but was kicked off the ticket 18 days later.
NPR logo The Eagleton Fiasco of 1972

The Eagleton Fiasco of 1972

Eagleton was the 1972 Democratic VP nominee for all of 18 days. hide caption

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Perhaps the biggest indignity for Eagleton was that they spelled his name wrong on this button. hide caption

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Republicans had a field day with the Eagleton flap. hide caption

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The late Paul Wellstone was the only Senate Democrat in a tough election contest to vote against the war in 2002. hide caption

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Thirty-five years ago today, Sen. Ed Muskie of Maine wins the New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary. But his margin of victory was far less than expected. hide caption

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