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|ARIZONA LIKES 1968
Black and white photographs of two men's head and shoulders with red text above and black text below on a white background
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This button is from 1968, when George Wallace ran for the presidency as an independent candidate. Wallace, the governor of Alabama, chose Curtis LeMay as his running mate, and ran mainly in the hopes of ending attempts at desegregation. His platform mainly focused on continued segregation and increases in benefits for Social Security and Medicare. Though Wallace won the support of five southern states, he lost the election to Richard Nixon. After the election, he returned to being governor, but was paralyzed in 1972 as the result of a failed assassination attempt. This did not stop him from being elected governor of Alabama twice more, and having recanted his racist beliefs and asked forgiveness of the black community, Wallace retired from politics in 1987, and died in 1998.
George Wallace. (n.d.). Retrieved December 11, 2015 from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Wallace.