Extremism in Defense of Liberty is no Vice I Richard Nixon was possibly the least popular president ever. After Dwight D. Eisenhower's death from a heart attack, Nixon sprung to the presidency and defeated Adlai Stevenson II in a landslide. However, as of 1960 the US is dealing with an inflation rate of 8.4%, 13.2% unemployment, and GNP growth at -5. The Soviet-American War is the main dark shadow on Nixon's presidency, with a 22% approval rating. The Democrats had tons of candidates preparing a run. The front-runner was John F. Kennedy, the young, Catholic, and charismatic Senator from Massachusetts. However, Kennedy had weaknesses. Having been the running mate to Stevenson in 1956, many thought that his religious beliefs caused Southern states to be lost to Nixon. Also, Kennedy wasn't the most faithful person and was having an affair with actress Marylin Monroe. Then, there was LBJ, the Senate Majority Leader. Johnson could appeal to the South and could guarantee Texas' 24 electoral votes. But LBJ was in poor health and covered up a heart attack a month before the convention. Liberals loved Hubert Humphrey, the Senator from Minnesota, who turned the Democratic Party into the party of civil rights. However, Humphrey was losing traction with the party bosses over his poor primary performances. Adlai Stevenson II was running for the third time, but he had alienated many factions of the party. Wayne Morse, the Republican turned Democrat was seen as too radical. Stuart Symington had supported the war. The party was looking for a fresh face, and many delegates added their local Governors, Senators, and Congressmen to the list. In fact, the voting had to be delayed by a few hours to get more paper for ballots, with some voting done on napkins or tissues. By the fifth ballot, delegates were getting in a prankish mood, with Bonzo (a dig at Democratic Senator Ronald Reagan), Marylin Monroe (a dig at JFK's recently revealed affair), and Pat Nixon getting votes. A few delegates from New York remained loyal to their home-district congressman Keghart Hovanesian, a socialist congressman (even though he never claimed to be one) who was unknown outside of his own district. Hovanesian was quite charismatic, and his top advisor urged him to make a run. Hovanesian gave a stunning anti-war speech, with some comparing it to William Jennings Bryan's "Cross of Gold" speech. Finally, on the 8th ballot, Hovanesian won the nomination, ten delegates higher than Lyndon Johnson. Southerners were furious, with a mass walkout over the extremist Hovanesian. The State's Rights ticket was revived, with favorite sons on the ballot in each state. The Democrats would pick Kansas Governor George Docking to balance out the ticket. Nixon would be renominated in a close race with Prescott Bush, and chose Vice President Joe McCarthy as his running mate.