Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Republican Vice Presidents

A lot of people are downplaying the importance of Republican vice presidential nominees. I thought I would make a short list of the recent ones and what they went on to do:
  • 1948 Earl Warren -- Possibly the most important Chief Justice of the Supreme Court ever
  • 1952 Richard Nixon -- President of the United States
  • 1960 Henry Cabot Lodge Jr -- Ambassador to Vietnam for the Kennedy and Johnson administration Orchestrated the coup to replace Ngo Dinh Diem and headed the peace negotiations. Later became Ambassador at large.
  • 1964 William Miller -- Nothing
  • 1968 Spiro Agnew -- Indicted and removed from office, career ended. Prior to this he was the front runner for the 1976 Republican nomination.
  • 1973 Gerald Ford -- Became President in 1974
  • 1974 Nelson Rockefeller -- Got sick and died within a few years after his term completed.
  • 1976 Robert Dole -- Charirman of the Sentate finance committee, Senate Majority leader. Republican Nominee for President 1996.
  • 1980 George Bush -- Became President in 1988.
  • 1988 Dan Quayle -- Nothing.
  • 1996 Jack Kemp -- Founded Empower America, a free market advocacy group. Sits ont he council of foreign relations. Sits on many large corporate boards. In 2008 became a king maker as one of the strongest supporters for John McCain
  • 2000 Dick Cheney -- Possibly the most powerful vice president ever. Still in office.

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