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Running Mates

written by: spaauw
We can usually remember the losers in US Presidential elections, but it might not be so easy to remember their Vice Presidential candidates. This quiz looks at the losing VP candidates in some elections from the past years.

Question 1:

In 1960, Richard Nixon lost the election to John F. Kennedy. This former UN Ambassador was Nixon's running mate.
James J. Wadsworth
Nelson Rockefeller
Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.
Barry Goldwater

Question 2:

In 1964, Barry Goldwater lost the election in a landslide to Lyndon Baines Johnson. Name Goldwater's running mate who was the father of a radio talk show host.
Bill Limbaugh
Bill Schultz
Bill Miller
Bill Imus

Question 3:

In 1968, Hubert Humphrey lost to Richard Nixon in the presidential election. This former governor and senator from Maine was his running mate.
Thomas Eagleton
Edmund Muskie
Eugene McCarthy
George McGovern

Question 4:

In 1968, third-part segregationist candidate George Wallace drew support from a large number of Southern Democratism and ended up with 46 electoral votes. His running mate was this Air Force General.
Curtis Lemay
Happy Chandler
Strom Thurmond
John Patterson

Question 5:

In 1972, George McGovern lost in a landslide to Richard Nixon. His first nominee for VP, was on the ticket for about two weeks, before being withdrawn amid allegations that he had undergone psychiatric hospitalization. Who was this first nominee?
Edmund Muskie
Sargent Shriver
Thomas Eagleton
Birch Bayh

Question 6:

In August of 1972, George McGovern nominated a second person as his running mate, who was on the ticket through the election. This man is the father-in-law of a US state governor. Who was the running mate?
Edmund Muskie
Birch Bayh
Thomas Eagleton
Sargent Shriver

Question 7:

When Gerald Ford ran for President in 1976, he replaced the incumbent vice president with this man. The ticket was unsuccessful, losing to Jimmy Carter in the election.
Bob Dole
Ronald Reagan
Nelson Rockefeller
Spiro Agnew

Question 8:

In 1984, former veep Walter Mondale lost the presidential election in a landslide to Ronald Reagan. Who was Mondale's running mate?
Geraldine Ferraro
Lloyd Bentsen
Gary Hart
Jerry Brown

Question 9:

In 1988, this vice presidential candidate (who ultimately lost the election) made waves when he told another candidate in a debate, "Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy."
Lloyd Bentsen
Dan Quayle
Jesse Jackson
George H.W. Bush

Question 10:

In 1992, third-party candidate Ross Perot chose this admiral to be his running mate.
John Silber
Pat Choate
Steve Forbes
James Stockdale

Question 11:

This former pro football player was the vice presidential candidate for the losing side in 1996.
OJ Simpson
Jim Brown
Jack Kemp
Jim Kelly

Question 12:

This man was Al Gore's running mate in the 2000 elections.
John Edwards
Bill Richardson
Joe Lieberman
John Kerry


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