Rocky is My Man in ‘68
Nelson Rockefeller, grandson of the legendary founder of Standard Oil, John D. Rockefeller, served as Governor of New York throughout the 1960s, and later as Vice President of the U.S. under President Gerald Ford. He also three times unsuccessfully sought the GOP presidential nomination: in 1960, 1964 and 1968.
Rockefeller was a liberal Republican, and Republicans to this day who are socially liberal but conservative on fiscal or foreign policy issues are still occasionally referred to as “Rockefeller Republicans.” In 1968 his chief rivals were former Vice President Richard Nixon and California Governor Ronald Reagan. Nixon won the nomination handily and went on to defeat the Democratic nominee, Vice President Hubert Humphrey.