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Tom Eagleton

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 23, 2008 - Barbara S. Eagleton, widow of former U.S. Sen. Thomas F. Eagleton of St. Louis and an influential Democratic figure in her own right, said Saturday she is "thrilled with the choice" of Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., for the vice presidential slot on the 2008 ticket with presumed presidential nominee Barack Obama.

(Provided By: Joshua Glasser/book cover)

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.