How Not to Pick a Running Mate

Interview by Nicholas Mancusi ’10

[Politics] In the summer of 1972, Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern tapped Thomas Eagleton to be his running mate. Over the next 18 days, a pair of anonymous phone calls alleged that Eagleton had undergone treatment for depression. Ultimately, McGovern was compelled to withdraw his selection. The entire episode is covered in a new book by Joshua Glasser ’10. I spoke with my classmate about the book, which began as his senior thesis.