The recent death of Senator George McGovern revived memories of his unsuccessful 1972 Presidential bid. There are several reasons he lost and one of them was the fallout of the brief vice presidential candidacy of U.S. Senator Tom Eagleton of Missouri.
Eagleton was dropped from the ticket after eighteen days because of controversy concerning his medical history.
Host Don Marsh talks with author Joshua Glasser whose new book, The Eighteen-Day Running Mate: McGovern, Eagleton, and a Campaign in Crisis, documents the controversy and its causes during that time.
Glasser is a researcher for Bloomberg Television in New York and graduated from Amherst College, Eagleton’s alma mater.