Presidential Election, 1972

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  • The presidential election of 1972 was held on November 7, 1972. The Republican candidate for the presidency was incumbent Richard M. Nixon, the thirty-seventh president of the United States. The Democratic candidate for the presidency was George McGovern, a senator from South Dakota. The vice presidential nominees for the Republican and Democratic tickets were Spiro T. Agnew and Sargent Shriver, respectively.

    Nixon was elected president of the United States in 1968, succeeding Lyndon Baines Johnson. There was a backlash against Democratic candidates due to failures in Vietnam and domestically. Nixon, a “law and order” candidate, came to the presidency with a new agenda for foreign and domestic policy. Almost immediately, Nixon sought peace with both the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China. This era ...

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