The History of the October Surprise (Audio)

Historians in the News
tags: elections, campaigns

Election Day is now just three months away and this year's campaign is unlike any other due to the pandemic. So are we ripe for an October Surprise, a bombshell that drops just before voters head to the polls?
There have been a few in the past. In 1972, Richard Nixon's administration floated the idea that "peace was at hand" in Vietnam just weeks before he ran for re-election against Democrat George McGovern.

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson speaks with Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University, who explains the history of the October surprise.

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