It was fifty years ago today- September 30, 1968- Vice President- and Democratic Presidential nominee Hubert Humphrey way behind in the polls to Richard Milhous Nixon threw a Hail Mary in an attempt to get back in the race by going against President Johnson’s Vietnam policy. Up until this time Humphrey had backed his president on Vietnam but it was clear that keeping that position was going to mean a landslide against him in just six weeks so he changed his thinking.
In a speech in Salt Lake City, Utah Humphrey pledged that if elected he would halt the bombing of North Vietnam unconditionally . His prepared speech had said he would be willing to stop the bombing but changed it to “I will stop the bombing” when he gave the speech. The campaign which was going nowhere and getting very little in monetary contributions up to this point- would all the sudden see the donations increase. As a result of this speech and change of policy Humphrey would be back in the race. Would he have enough time to catch Milhous?