It’s officially summer – now get out there and have some fun!
If you’ve read my book, “Preparing for the Race: 50+ Questions for the Potential Candidate” you might remember the part (below) about Richard Nixon.
My first “venture” into politics came in the summer of 1968. As a nine year-old I was excited to follow the Presidential campaign of Republican Richard Nixon, Democrat Hubert Humphrey, and Independent George Wallace. My dad was a Democrat and he worked road construction for a union company building bridges and interstates across the Midwest. We traveled with him and came back to our home in Missouri on some weekends.
One particular weekend we were traveling across Iowa on Interstate 80 and exited at Newton, Iowa. I had just made a three-by-five inch campaign sign and wrote, “Nixon is the One” on it. I placed it in the corner of the windshield. A few minutes after putting the Nixon sign on the dash by the windshield, a woman driving a 1968 Cadillac pulled into our path, wrecking us and totaling both vehicles.
I think my parents voted for Humphrey that year.
Although my first campaign sign was lost in that wreck, for some reason I still managed over the years to collect a few campaign bumper stickers and buttons. Some of these belonged to my dad: