Ball of Confusion: The 1968 Election
About This Episode
Has there ever been a year like 1968? Assassinations, riots and an endless war in Vietnam put the nation on edge, producing a three-way presidential election where all the candidates were deeply flawed. American voters faced an unwelcome but unavoidable dilemma: Could they right America's course, especially with an unsatisfying set of choices for the White House? Presidential candidates Richard Nixon (R), Hubert Humphrey (D) and George Wallace (I) were at the eye of the storm, and the world watched as a fractured electorate narrowly and without evident enthusiasm chose Nixon.
In Ball of Confusion, the story of 1968 and the presidential election are told through interviews with Larry J. Sabato, Ted Koppel, Skip Humphrey, Walter Mondale, Mark Updegrove, Fred Malek, George Wallace Jr., and Peggy Wallace, among others.