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Hubert H. Humphrey, Jr.


"Freedom is the most contagious virus known to man."

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Attribution: Speech given at New York City, NY

Date: October 29, 1964

Hubert H. Humphrey, Jr.


Hubert H. Humphrey, Jr., served as Vice President of the United States from 1965-69, under President Lyndon Johnson. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1948, the first Democrat to be elected to that office from Minnesota. He was reelected in 1954. Humphrey campaigned in the 1960 presidential primaries against John F. Kennedy, but later withdrew. He was again reelected to the Senate in 1960 and became assistant majority leader.

Lyndon B. Johnson chose Humphrey as his running mate in the 1964 presidential election. In 1968, Humphrey was a favorite for the Democratic nomination, but his support of the Vietnam War during Johnson's administration earned him many critics. Humphrey won the nomination, but was narrowly defeated by the Republican candidate, Richard M. Nixon.



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