if rfk is not killed in 1968 does he beat nixon?. What does an Rfk presidnacy look like how does it change history no water gate vietnam etc. who would his veep be?
no, RFK knows it's political Suicide to be a failed VP, he (like Hillary this last election) won't take VP, he may make HHH take George McGovern as VP and give him AG or Sec. State should he winAlternatively Kennedy could become the VP candidate for Humphery and then have Humphery be killed in an assassination.
Why would RFK make Humphery take McGovern as VP. That would result in him losing the election.no, RFK knows it's political Suicide to be a failed VP, he (like Hillary this last election) won't take VP, he may make HHH take George McGovern as VP and give him AG or Sec. State should he win
in 68 McGovern isn't well known, so most people (out side the anti-war camp) don't know who he is and do know what he thinks, McGovern is known and liked by Anti-war forces both in RFK's camp and most importantly McCarthy's camp, he's left wing anti-war to balance out HHH (Perceived) right-wing pro-warness. McGovern was made into a Crazy Liberal by Nixon in 72, Nixon could do it again but it's dumb to spend all your time on the running mate of the person you are running againstWhy would RFK make Humphery take McGovern as VP. That would result in him losing the election.
Continuation: RFK was well aware of the fact that anti-war activists such as Students For a Democratic Society, National Mobilization Committee to End the War and the Yippies were planning on going to Chicago at the Convention to either crash the Convention or have their own counter or parrell convention. With that in mind RFK met up with several of the several of the activists, most notably Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis and Bernadine Dohrn - Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin would have none of it. The rececption he got from most of them was rather cool, he still had much to prove in order to earn their trust. He was able to get some assurances from that they will "cool it" and not go out of their way to provoke trouble in exchange that RFK will fight hard to get the anti-war plank passed at the Convention. He also tried to get similar assurances from Mayor Daley and the Chicago PD. Well clashes still broke out between the protesters and police at the Convention, who initially caused it still remains unclear to this very day. Though it wasn't as bad as it was in OTL it still wasn't pretty and still left sort of a black to Mayor Daley and the Democratic Party as a whole. The other notable difference from OTL is the there was the trial of the Chicago 6 instead of the Chicago 8. To be continued.IMO the most likely scenario is RFK will gain momentum after his victory in California and Allard Lowenstein will join his campaign. Prior to the NY primary Gene McCarthy will be offered the job Secretary of State by RFK if he dropped out of the race to whiche he indignantly replies, "Go tell him to shove it!" With momentum going his way RFK wins the remaining contests of the primary season and gains the support of Walter Reuter of the UAW. Gene McCarthy suspends his campaign on July 8th but refuses to endorse either candidate so as to hae some bargaining chips coming into the Convention in Chicago as well as fight for the anti-war plank. Meanwhile Hubert Humphrey continues pick up delegates from non-primary states and lead in the delegate count over RFK. Nearly 6 weeks after his victory in the California primary it still appears to be an uphill challenge for RFK to close the delegate gap with Humphrey in spite of 'chasing him all over the country.'
Continuation:Continuation: During late July and early August RFK tours the European countries of France, Belgium,West Germany,East Germany and Czchoslovakia. He had already planned this trip prior to his attempt on his life in June. In Paris he met up with some of the protest leaders of the May Revolt, Prague he met with President Alexander Dubcek and young activist and playwright Vaclav Havel, and in West Berlin he spoke at Brandenburg Gate and electrified the audience and reminded them of his brother 5 years earlier. He looked presidential and captured international headlines aand though it may appear that he stolen VP Humphrey's thunder he was, never-the-less, out of the country and off the campaign trail for 11 days. This was not lost on Humphrey and he took full advantage of this by working behind the scenes by gaining more delegates and maintaing his lead over RFK. Another factor working against RFK was his nemesis President Johnson, and he was determined to do "his damnest"to see that RFK does not get the nomination. By about a week prior to the opening of the Democratic Convention it was becoming apparent that Humphrey was going to secure the necessary # of delegates(1312) to secure the nomination,with that in mind Humphrey visited RFK at his place in Hickory Hill on August 22 offered the VP spot to him.(In OTL Humphrey met and spoke to his brother Ted on August 22nd to offer him the VP spot) RFK respectfuly declined and said he was going to fight for the anti-war plank and the nomination at Chicago. However he privately didn't rule out the possibility of accepting VP position if he lost the nominaion to Humphrey. When word quickly got back to President LBJ of this he was not please of this idea and let VP Humphrey know of it. Humphrey quickly came back with the rejoinder that he was simply RFK the right of first refusal, something that his older brother JFK had given to a Texas senator 8 years earlier to which the president replied, "Touche`"
RFK publicly reiterated what he said to Roger Mudd back on June 4th on the eve of his California primary victory, that he was not interested in VP offer and was going to fight for the nomination. He finished his statement by directly addressing his supporters what had said at his California victory moments before his assasination attempt back in June, "Now it's on to Chicago and lets win there!"