Mike Pence and the ultimate bar bet


July 30, 2016 10:35 PM


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Take a break from our political jousting and have a little fun.  Here’s a historical trivia question guaranteed to win a bet from the guy at the next bar stool.

In our living memory, Mike Pence is the second VP candidate from Indiana (Quayle, of course, being the other).

Question:  When was the last time both major political parties had a Vice-Presidential nominee from the same state?

Bonus:  From what state?

Bonus #2:  Name them.

Answer:  It was 100 years ago, 1916.  Charles W. Fairbanks ran with (loser) Charles Evans Hughes.  Fairbanks had been a U. S. Senator from Indiana and Teddy Roosevelt’s VP.  My research is murky as to why he was selected.  Fairbanks apparently was something of a party wheelhorse who would vote for his own lynching if it were on the Republican platform.

Thomas R, Marshal ran with Woodrow Wilson.  Marshal was a former Indiana Governor and had been WW’s VP during his first term.  Best known for his famous quote’  “What this country needs is a really good five cent cigar”.

So Mike, welcome to this centennial year of the Indiana “twofer”..


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