In part because of the social turmoil that had come to characterize aspects of the 1960s, Richard Nixon (1913–94) found a receptive audience among U.S. voters when he established law and order as a centerpiece of his campaign for the presidency in 1968. After soliciting advice from Republican lawmakers and party leaders as to the future direction of his campaign and which issues to prioritize, Nixon announced in July 1968 that the country's top priority should be to address crime and disorder. The message proved popular with the public as ...

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