Editor says, what if Ted Kennedy had joined the McGovern ticket in 1972? This article is part of the Crises thread.
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Editor says, Wikipedia ~ Kennedy had declared shortly after Chappaquiddick that he would not be a candidate in the 1972 U.S. presidential election. Nevertheless, polls in 1971 suggested he could win the nomination if he tried, and Kennedy gave some thought to running. In May of that year he decided not to, saying he needed "breathing time " to gain more experience and to take care of the children of his brothers and that in sum, "It feels wrong in my gut. " Once George McGovern was near clinching the Democratic nomination in June 1972, various anti-McGovern forces tried to get Kennedy to enter the contest at the last minute, but he declined. At the 1972 Democratic National Convention McGovern repeatedly tried to recruit Kennedy as his vice presidential running mate, but was turned down. When McGovern's choice of Thomas Eagleton had to step down soon after the convention, McGovern again tried to get Kennedy to take the nod, again without success. McGovern instead chose Kennedy's brother-in-law Sargent Shriver. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.