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OPINION: How the vetting for VP began
The Democratic ticket in 1972: George McGovern (right) and VP-pick, Sen. Thomas Eagleton. Eagleton left the race after 18 days following revelations about his depression.
August 5th, 2012
02:00 PM ET

OPINION: How the vetting for VP began

By Bob Greene, CNN Contributor

(CNN) - Bob Greene examines how the McGovern and Eagleton Democratic presidential ticket in 1972 would forever change how candidates for vice-president are picked.

[1:17] "Presidential politics is a take-no-prisoners game, and a vice-president is always that one famous heartbeat away from the Oval Office."

CNN Contributor Bob Greene is a bestselling author whose 25 books include "Fraternity: A Journey in Search of Five Presidents" and "Running: A Nixon-McGovern Campaign Journal." He appears on "CNN Newsroom" Sundays during the 5 p.m. (ET) hour.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Bob Greene. See all of Bob Greene's columns at CNN Opinion.

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