The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate, MD, Senior Contributing Editor.
Running against a field of more than half a dozen other hopefuls (among them were Lyndon B. Johnson of Texas, Adlai E. Stevenson of Illinois, Pat Brown of California, and Hubert H. Humphrey of Minnesota), John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts handily won the Democratic Party's nomination for president of the United States at its national convention in Los Angeles in mid-July of 1960. Two weeks later, in Chicago, the virtually unopposed Richard M. Nixon, currently vice president to Dwight D. Eisenhower, became the Republican nominee for president. Kennedy chose Johnson as his running mate; Nixon, Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. With wit, wisdom, and a nod to the satiric, Utah artist Ruth Wolf Smith (1912-1980) has immortalized the ensuing race for the nation's top office in An Allegory of the 1960 Presidential Election (cover).
Southgate MT. An Allegory of the 1960 Presidential Election. JAMA. 2006;296(16):1940. doi:10.1001/jama.296.16.1940