Time Capsules

Time Capsule: Kucinich Predicts Longshot Candidacy Will Become ‘Surprise of the 2004 Election’

Time Capsule: Kucinich Predicts Longshot Candidacy Will Become ‘Surprise of the 2004 Election’

Though lingering near the bottom of the polls in Iowa and New Hampshire, U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich predicted ten years ago today that his longshot bid for the White House would become “the surprise of the 2004 election.” “This race is about to change,” said a buoyant Kucinich while campaigning in Des Moines, Iowa.  “It’s going to [...]

Time Capsule: ‘Pitchfork Pat’ Bolts GOP, Declares Reform Party Candidacy

Time Capsule: ‘Pitchfork Pat’ Bolts GOP, Declares Reform Party Candidacy

Patrick J. Buchanan, the pugnacious conservative commentator whose insurgent candidacies briefly threatened the GOP’s frontrunners in 1992 and 1996, dropped out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination and announced that he was seeking the Reform Party’s nomination on the last Monday of October in 1999. Promising to shake up American politics, the 60-year-old [...]

Time Capsule: Trotskyist Fred Halstead, Candidate for President in ’68

Time Capsule: Trotskyist Fred Halstead, Candidate for President in ’68

Fred W. Halstead, the Socialist Workers Party candidate for president in 1968, died of liver cancer at his home in Los Angeles on this day in 1988.  A longtime civil rights activist and prominent leader in the antiwar movement during the war in Vietnam, Halstead was 61 years old. Halstead was born to radical parents [...]

Time Capsule: Pair of Primary Wins Propel Humphrey into Serious Contention in ‘72

Time Capsule: Pair of Primary Wins Propel Humphrey into Serious Contention in ‘72

Following closely on the heels of a decisive win in Pennsylvania a week earlier, Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey of Minnesota was catapulted into serious contention for the Democratic presidential nomination by scoring a pair of victories in Indiana and Ohio on this day in 1972. Given up for dead in the wake of his loss [...]

Time Capsule: California’s Alan Cranston Tosses Hat in Ring in '84

Time Capsule: California’s Alan Cranston Tosses Hat in Ring in ’84

Getting a brief jump on his rivals, Sen. Alan Cranston of California launched a long-shot bid for the White House thirty years ago this week in the marble-columned Senate Caucus Room — the same place that George McGovern had announced his antiwar candidacy more than a dozen years earlier. Cranston was the first of nine Democratic candidates [...]

Time Capsule: William Allen White Wages War on the Klan

Time Capsule: William Allen White Wages War on the Klan

Twenty years before his death on this day in 1944, legendary newspaper editor William Allen White, a man who advised Presidents and rubbed shoulders with some of the world’s greatest statesmen in a career that spanned five decades, waged one of the most fascinating and extraordinary political campaigns in the country, nearly toppling his major-party rivals [...]

Time Capsule: Wisconsin’s Progressive Party Cheated by the Grim Reaper

Time Capsule: Wisconsin’s Progressive Party Cheated by the Grim Reaper

Thirty-six days after winning the governorship during this week in 1942, death cruelly intervened and denied the Wisconsin Progressive Party one of its greatest electoral achievements in the party’s twelve-year history. While Minnesota’s neighboring Farmer-Labor Party went out with barely a whimper and most of the country’s other minor parties fared poorly at the ballot box that [...]

Time Capsule: Prohibition Candidate for President Barred from Voting in ’48

Time Capsule: Prohibition Candidate for President Barred from Voting in ’48

Claude A. Watson, the Prohibition Party’s candidate for president, was unable to vote for himself on this day in 1948. Watson and his wife had requested that absentee ballots be mailed to them in Winona Lake, Indiana, where they were attending a church convention, but had decided to return to their home in Highland Park, a [...]

Time Capsule: Progressive Party Candidate Challenges Eisenhower and Stevenson to Televised Debate on Korea

Time Capsule: Progressive Party Candidate Challenges Eisenhower and Stevenson to Televised Debate on Korea

Crusading labor lawyer Vincent Hallinan, the Progressive Party candidate for president, challenged GOP presidential standard-bearer Dwight D. Eisenhower and Democratic nominee Adlai Stevenson to a public television debate on the war in Korea on this day in 1952. Speaking at a rally in Brooklyn, the Progressive Party nominee said that neither of his major-party rivals had offered a [...]

Time Capsule: American Party Candidate Calls Jimmy Carter ‘A Wild Man’

Time Capsule: American Party Candidate Calls Jimmy Carter ‘A Wild Man’

The American Party’s Thomas J. Anderson called Democratic presidential nominee Jimmy Carter “a wild man and phony” on this day in 1976. Speaking at a news conference in Merrillville, Indiana, the 64-year-old Anderson — a longtime member of the John Birch Society and one of nearly a dozen independent and minor-party presidential hopefuls in the year [...]