us politics

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    AHC: A Losing Presidential Candidate is Nominated Twice After 1968

    Before 1968, it wasn't uncommon for presidential candidates to be nominated a second time after losing the general election: Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, William Henry Harrison, Grover Cleveland, and Richard Nixon were all elected President after having previously failed to do so. (FDR had...
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    Likely McCain VP Choices in 2000

    Had John McCain been the 2000 Republican presidential nominee, who would've been his likely picks for Vice-President?
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    DBWI: Kennedy Defeats Romney in 1994

    In 1994, Senator Ted Kennedy was narrowly defeated by moderate businessman Mitt Romney. Early polls showed a neck and neck race, and Kennedy hoped for a Hail Mary in the pre-election debate. But despite Kennedy's best efforts, Romney's strong showing in the debate put him over the hump and he...
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    DBWI: Richard Nixon Debates John Kennedy

    In 1960, Senator John Kennedy challenged Vice-President Richard Nixon to debate him. However, on the advice of President Eisenhower Nixon declined. What if Nixon and Kennedy had debated in 1960?
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    WI: JFK Jr Goes Into Politics

    On July 16, it will be 20 years since John F. Kennedy Jr died in a plane crash alongside his wife and sister in law. It was speculated that Kennedy might've gone into politics in the 2000s had he lived. But what if instead of entering the publishing world with the magazine George, Kennedy had...
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    WI: Thomas Dewey Never Gets a Throat Infection

    In the 1920s, a young man from Michigan named Thomas E. Dewey wanted to become a professional singer. With a deep baritone voice, he showed great promise. But after contracting a throat infection, Dewey decided against becoming a singer and instead he went to law school. This lead him down the...
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    WI: Roosevelt vs Taft in 1940

    In 1940, conservative darling Robert Taft was a strong contender for President - but he was ultimately passed over as the GOP nominee by dark horse Wendell Willkie. What if Taft had been nominated by the GOP in 1940?
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    DBWI: RFK Runs in 1968

    Following his brother Ted's advice, RDK decided not to run for President in 1968. Instead he endorsed Eugene McCarthy after the New Hampshire primary. In his autobiography, Ted Kennedy said that the endorsement happened only after a crucial meeting with McCarthy, who agreed to support RFK's...
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    DBWI: Rockefeller Gets a Divorce in 1962

    In 1962 Nelson Rockefeller seriously considered divorcing his wife Mary in order to marry Margaretta Fitler. But he was talked out of it by friends and political allies who warned him it could cost him the Presidency. But what if Rockefeller had put love over politics and divorced his wife?
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    AHC: Thomas Dewey vs Adlai Stevenson

    Thomas Dewey and Adlai Stevenson are best remembered as two-time losers for their respective parties. Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to have Dewey and Stevenson run against each other in a presidential election. Under the circumstances, who would win and why?
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    DBWI: Orson Welles Doesn't Go Into Politics

    In 1946, at the suggestion of his friend the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt, actor Orson Welles ran for the U.S. Senate for Wisconsin - his home state. Despite Wisconsin's Republican lean and the fierce opposition of the business community, Welles mounted a campaign as a Democrat. But...
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    WI: Reagan vs Carter - 1976

    The POD is Reagan narrowly defeats President Ford in the New Hampshire Republican Primary, as he almost did in OTL, and goes on to just barely win the GOP nomination. In the general election he faces Jimmy Carter. But unlike in 1980, Reagan will be running to succeed a Republican President and...
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    WI: The Bushes Stay in New England

    In 1948, a young George HW Bush had just graduated from Yale and he needed a way to make a living. His uncle offered him a job at a prominent Wall St firm, which would've allowed Bush's family to remain in Connecticut while he worked in NYC. But instead Bush decided to relocate Texas and try his...
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    DBWI: Henry Wallace Dumped in 1944

    In 1944, Democratic Party bosses were insistent that Vice-President Henry Wallace be dumped from the presidential ticket. But FDR stuck to his guns, and pushed through Wallace's renomination and pelated party bosses via federal patronage. But what if FDR had left the bosses to their own devices...
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    WI: Clinton Taps Tom Harkin in 1992

    What if, instead of picking Al Gore, Bill Clinton taps Iowa Senator Tom Harkin to be his VP? Does this impact the 1992 presidential race? Would Harkin have beaten George W. Bush in 2000?
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    If Clinton Doesn't Run in 1992, then Who Wins the Election?

    Suppose that like most other Democrats, Bill Clinton assumed 1992 was to be a Republican year and he sat out the race. Without Clinton, who wins the Democratic nomination and who wins the general election?
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    AHC: Make 1972 a Close Race

    The 1972 US Presidential election was a wipeout for President Richard Nixon, who defeated Senator George McGovern with 49 states to 1. This outcome was far from preordained: the US had gone through a recession in Nixon's term and the continuing Vietnam War and civil unrest were unpopular. In...
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    WI: Jerry Litton Doesn't Die in a Plane Crash

    His name is unknown today. But Jerry Litton was a charismatic Missouri Congressman who was killed in a plane crash after winning the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. Before Litton's death, Jimmy Carter had said that one day Litton would be President. And many agreed. The POD is Litton...
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    WI: McCain vs Gore in 2000

    The POD is John McCain wins the 2000 South Carolina Republican Primary, and from there goes on to clinch the Republican nomination for President. In the general election, he faces Vice-President Al Gore. Who wins?
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    WI: Hillary Clinton Stays a Republican

    In the 1960s, Hillary Clinton (who at the time went by her maiden name Rodham) was a Republican who supported Barry Goldwater and Nelson Rockefeller. But by the end of the decade she switched parties over her opposition to Richard Nixon. What if Rodham had decided to stay a Republican? Would she...