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US Presidential Elections and Foreign PolicyCandidates, Campaigns, and Global Politics from FDR to Bill Clinton$
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Andrew Johnstone and Andrew Priest

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813169057

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813169057.001.0001

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The Peace Candidate

The Peace Candidate

Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, and the Election of 1972

(p.203) 9 The Peace Candidate
US Presidential Elections and Foreign Policy

Thomas Alan Schwartz

University Press of Kentucky

After the midterm elections of 1970, Richard Nixon believed that he might well be a one-term president. Deep dissatisfaction with the Vietnam War, as well domestic disorder and a sluggish economy, all seemed to point to electoral defeat. However, over the next eighteen months, with the help of his national security adviser Henry Kissinger, Nixon organized a foreign policy trifecta—the opening to China, a summit in the Soviet Union, and a tentative peace accord with the North Vietnamese—that helped secure an overwhelming electoral mandate. He proved to be the “peace candidate” in 1972 despite continuing to wage war in Southeast Asia.

Keywords:   1972 election, Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, China, Vietnam War

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