|Source: NBC News-|
The reason why the 1968 presidential election became Richard Nixon's to win, especially after Senator Robert Kennedy died in June that year, was because Dick Nixon saw how divided the country was. Especially over the Vietnam War and was able to position himself in saying that this is not working and he was able to say this is just an another example of the failed policies of President Lyndon Johnson and it's time to change course and he has the plan to do that. Which is why you should vote for him and that Vice President Hubert Humphrey who of course was part of the Johnson Administration. Nixon, was able to portray Humphrey as part of the problem. And say this is not working, even though Dick Nixon was the ultimate establishment figure in American politics. He was able to portray Hubert Humphrey as part of the establishment and that he meaning Dick Nixon is the alternative.
That he Richard Nixon would fix the problems that the country faces as President Johnson and Vice President Humphrey supporting the Vietnam War up until September of 1968. And then Hubert Humphrey finally backed out of that and his poll numbers went up overnight. Which is what made the 1968 presidential election as close as it did. If Hubert Humphrey was still Senator Humphrey in 1968 as the Democratic presidential nominee, he's probably completely against the Vietnam War and running against it. Perhaps even putting pressure on Dick Nixon to take a different position on the Vietnam War. And have to explain what Nixon meant about bringing an "honorable peace" in the Vietnam War and end the War honorably and what his "secret plan" to end the Vietnam War was and all of that. But that's not how this election worked out.