Mike Pence and the ultimate bar bet
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”..