which led many Americans to believe that the North Vietnamese were stronger than had been reported, and that the war was not nearing an end.From this point, most Americans either believed that the war should be escalated to completely destroy the enemy or that all American troops should be withdrawn from Vietnam to prevent the use of any more resources for the "hopeless task".
Hubert Humphrey was first elected to public office in 1945 as Mayor of Minneapolis.
His aides Max Kampelman and Bill Connell began to set up an organization and held meetings with Humphrey and his advisors, encouraging him to start a campaign.
Humphrey set up offices for preparation, and unsuccessfully courted Larry O'Brien as campaign manager.
During the general election, Humphrey faced former Vice President Richard Nixon of New York, the Republican Party nominee.
Nixon led in most polls throughout the campaign, and successfully criticized Humphrey's role in Vietnam, connecting him to the unpopular president and the general disorder in the nation.
This traditional approach was criticized by the other candidates, who hoped to win the nomination from popular support.