SOURCE: Iowa Public Radio
Although Trump's COVID diagnosis was, perhaps, unexpected, October Surprises have historically involved presidents announcing policy initiatives to improve their reelection prospects. Presidential historians Tim Naftali and Tim Walch discuss.
SOURCE: The Nation
by Greg Grandin
Ever since Nixon and Kissinger undermined the Vietnam peace talks to win that election, politicians have used militarism abroad to defeat domestic opponents.
SOURCE: USA Today
Although the term "October surprise" didn't come into vogue until the late 20th century, they've been a political reality since the 1800s.
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