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Democratic Party vice presidential candidate selection, 1960


Democratic Party vice presidential candidate selection, 1960

Texas Senator Lyndon Johnson was chosen as the Democratic nominee for vice president in 1960.

This article lists those who were potential candidates for the Democratic nomination for Vice President of the United States in the 1960 election. 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 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 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.[3][2] 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 after the assassination of Kennedy.


  • Potential running mates 1
    • Finalists 1.1
    • Others 1.2
  • See also 2
  • References 3

Potential running mates



See also


  1. ^ a b c d Lawrence, WH (15 July 1960). "Johnson is Nominated for Vice President; Kennedy Picks Him to Placate the South". New York Times. Retrieved 6 October 2015. 
  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. 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. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Historic Whispers: Kennedy Chooses Johnson as Presidential Running Mate". US News and World Report. 2 July 2009. Retrieved 6 October 2015. 
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