Nominating the President: The Politics of Convention Choice, with a New Postscript on 1964

By Gerald Pomper | Go to book overview

VI CONVENTIONS AND PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES

American politics contains elements of drama, sport, and sorcery. All of these characteristics are evident to a high degree in the culmination of the Presidential nominating process, the national party convention. There, the selection of a potential President is the main order of business and the focus of public interest. In making this decision, the convention delegates consider the performance and person of the various aspirants, decide on issues of party policy involved in the nomination and react to the opposing tactics of the candidates.


"Availability" and "Prominence"

"Who is the man fittest to be adopted as candidate?" This question has been asked by convention delegates before and since the time of James Bryce. In general, the answer is the same one he suggested: "Plainly, it is the man most

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Table of contents

  • Other Norton Paperbacks of Related Interest ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • Contents ix
  • Tables xi
  • I Introduction 3
  • II History of Presidential Nominations 12
  • III The Rules of the Game 41
  • IV On the Convention Agenda 66
  • V Influences on the Nominations 92
  • VI Conventions and Presidential Candidates 122
  • VII The Vice-Presidential Nominee 155
  • VIII Patterns and Trends in Nominations 182
  • IX Proposals for Reform 209
  • X Outlook for the Future 237
  • POSTSCRIPT ON 1964 267
  • Appendix - A Chronology of Party Nominations 279
  • Index 293
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