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Richard Nixon, after being chosen to lead the Republican ticket for President, announced Spiro Agnew as his running mate in 1968. Nixon sought someone to counter his energy and the relatively unknown Governor of Maryland was perfect for the role. The lack of name recognition was seen as an asset by Nixon, who wanted a bland, but mysterious, running mate.
Both men would not go on to finish their terms after being elected. Nixon famously resigned after the Watergate scandal in 1973. Months prior, Agnew himself had resigned after pleading no contest to charges of tax evasion and bribery.
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