Whistlestop: My Favorite Stories from Presidential Campaign by John Dickerson

By John Dickerson

From Face the state moderator and Slate columnist John Dickerson come the tales in the back of the tales of the main memorable moments in American presidential crusade history.

The stakes are excessive. The characters jam-packed with striving and ego. Presidential campaigns are a competition for keep watch over of energy within the strongest state in the world. The conflict of rules has a transparent finish, with winners and losers, and alongside the way in which there are sharp turning points-primaries, debates, conventions, and scandals that squeeze applicants into emergency motion, frantic greedy, and heroic gambles. As Mike Murphy the political strategist positioned it, "Campaigns are like conflict with no bullets."

WHISTLESTOP tells the human tale of apprehensive gambits hatched in first-floor resort rooms, disasters of will prior to the microphone, and the cross-country crack-ups of long-planned stratagems. on the bar on the finish of a crusade day, those are the tales journalists rehash for themselves and beautify for rookies. as well as the accepted stories, WHISTLESTOP additionally recalls the forgotten tales in regards to the bruising and reckless campaigns of the 19th century while the fighters believed the results integrated the destiny of the republic itself. essentially the most modern-feeling parts of the yank presidential crusade have been born sooner than the roads have been paved and electrical lighting lit the conference halls-or there have been conference halls in any respect.

WHISTLESTOP is a experience throughout the American crusade heritage with certainly one of its such a lot enthusiastic conductors guiding you thru the landmarks alongside the way.

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So sticking to his word was an obvious dodge. Reagan called the other candidates and asked them to show up at the debate. None of the outcasts asked what Bush thought, because they were happy to be invited to the party and weren’t going to check to make sure both parents approved. Was it Reagan’s sense of fair play that caused him to change his mind, or did he have cold feet? Did he not want to face George Bush alone? Or was he hatching an elaborate theatrical trap? The way Reagan aide Craig Shirley tells it, the whole thing was cooked up by Reagan’s campaign manager, John Sears, who saw an opportunity to make Reagan look commanding and make Bush look small.

Bush (Republican)—426 Other Major Candidates: Michael Dukakis (Democrat)—111 Election Year: 1992* Winner: Bill Clinton* (Democrat)—370 Other Major Candidates: George H. W. Bush (Republican)—168 Ross Perot (no party)—0 Election Year: 1996* Winner: Bill Clinton* (Democrat)—379 Other Major Candidates: Bob Dole (Republican)—159 Ross Perot (Reform)—0 Election Year: 2000*† Winner: George W. Bush* (Republican)—271 Other Major Candidates: Al Gore† (Democrat)—266 Ralph Nader (Green)—0 Election Year: 2004 Winner: George W.

Johnson (Democrat)—486 Other Major Candidates: Barry Goldwater (Republican)—52 Election Year: 1968* Winner: Richard Nixon* (Republican)—301 Other Major Candidates: Hubert Humphrey (Democrat)—191 George Wallace (American Independent)—46 Election Year: 1972 Winner: Richard Nixon (Republican)—520 Other Major Candidates: George McGovern (Democrat)—17 John G. Schmitz (American)—0 John Hospers (Libertarian)—1 Election Year: 1976 Winner: Jimmy Carter (Democrat)—297 Other Major Candidates: Gerald Ford (Republican)—240 Election Year: 1980 Winner: Ronald Reagan (Republican)—489 Other Major Candidates: Jimmy Carter (Democrat)—49 John B.

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