1960 Democratic Party vice presidential candidate selection

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1960 Democratic vice presidential nomination
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Nominee Lyndon B. Johnson
Home state Texas

Previous Vice Presidential nominee

Estes Kefauver

Vice Presidential nominee

Lyndon B. Johnson

The selection of the Democratic Party's vice presidential candidate for the 1960 United States presidential election occurred at the party's national convention on August 13, 1960. After winning the presidential nomination on the first ballot of the 1960 Democratic National Convention, Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy turned his attention to picking a running mate. Kennedy chose Senate Majority Leader Lyndon B. Johnson, who had finished second on the presidential ballot, as his running mate.[1] Johnson, a Protestant Texan, provided geographical and religious balance to a ticket led by a Catholic Northeasterner, but many liberals did not like the pick.[1] Many were surprised both that Kennedy made the offer and that Johnson accepted the offer, as the two had been rivals for the 1960 presidential nomination.[2] According to some accounts, Kennedy had offered the position to Johnson as a courtesy and expected Johnson to decline the offer; when Johnson accepted, Kennedy sent his brother, Robert F. Kennedy, to talk Johnson out of accepting the offer.[2][3] However, Kennedy may have made the offer in earnest due to Johnson's appeal in the south, Johnson's friendly relationship with Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn, and Kennedy's desire to remove Johnson as Senate Majority Leader in favor of the more liberal Mike Mansfield.[3] Regardless, Johnson decided that accepting the offer would be better for his political career and better position himself to become president, and so he chose to become Kennedy's running mate.[3] The Democratic convention confirmed Johnson as the vice presidential nominee, although the delegation from Washington, D.C. attempted to select Minnesota Governor Orville Freeman instead.[1]

The Kennedy-Johnson ticket narrowly defeated incumbent Vice President Richard Nixon and his running mate, former Massachusetts Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, in the 1960 election. Johnson ascended to the presidency in 1963 upon the assassination of Kennedy.

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  2. ^ a b "Lyndon Baines Johnson, 37th Vice President (1961-1963)". United States Senate. United States Senate. Retrieved 6 October 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Caro, Robert (2012). The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The passage of power. Knopf. pp. 118–127. ISBN 9780679405078. Retrieved 6 October 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d Sigelman, Lee; Wahlbeck, Paul (December 1997). "The "Veepstakes": Strategic Choice in Presidential Running Mate Selection". The American Political Science Review. 91 (4): 858. doi:10.2307/2952169. JSTOR 2952169.
  5. ^ a b "Historic Whispers: Kennedy Chooses Johnson as Presidential Running Mate". US News and World Report. 2 July 2009. Retrieved 6 October 2015.