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Kingpoleon
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« on: October 31, 2019, 12:09:16 am »

I mean, I can’t see a lot changing.

Never thought of Case as Nixon's VP in 1960.  Nixon asked Rockefeller to be his VP and Rocky was as liberal as Case.  Nixon probably believed that Case didn't have the charisma of a Rocky and the 45 Electoral votes of New York (as opposed to NJ's 16) was a big enough prize to risk losing some Southern states to JFK and LBJ.

I believe that Nixon's best VP choice in 1960 was Everett Dirksen. Ev was a terrific campaigner, could bring in Illinois' 27 Electoral College votes and could concentrate his campaign in the Midwest with an eye to winning Michigan 20 votes, Minnesota 11 votes and Missouri 13 votes for the GOP and the Presidency.

I disagree. Irving Ives, Jacob Javits, Kenneth Keating, or Nelson Rockefeller would all have provided Nixon with plenty of experience while swinging the North to Nixon.
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« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2019, 08:04:09 am »

Irving Ives was no longer in office, having retired from the Senate in 1959 due to ill health.  

Jacob Javits was Jewish.  This is a nonstarter for a national candidate in the year 1960.

Kenneth Keating was a Catholic with less than two years tenure in the Senate, elected to Ives' seat.
Putting a Catholic on the ticket as VP would be seen as pandering to the Catholic vote as a counter to Kennedy's religion and might turn off Christian fundamentalist voters in the Midwest and border states.  He had no political following, was not a particularly effective campaigner and I question his ability to swing NY to the GOP.  His short time in the Senate would negate Nixon's "Experience Counts" campaign platform.

No. only Rocky had the (possible) ability to swing NY to the GOP, and he had no interest whatsoever to being Nixon's VP. Indeed, Rocky hoped Nixon would lose so he could run in 1964.

Kenneth Keating had over a decade of experience in the House, as a staunchly anticommunist, liberal Republican who had his own talk show, which made him pretty popular among House Republicans.

Ha! Javits was very popular - he beat Wagner, the well-liked Mayor, for Senate, Andy’s was the leader of Republican Senate liberals. His Jewish heritage would not hurt him much, if at all. I mean, it wasn’t even too controversial to appoint a Jewish SCOTUS Justice in 1916. Why would that be controversial in 1960?
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