RU> Romney Ryan?
Alphabet conscious voters were intrigued by the selection of Paul Ryan as the Republican Vice Presidential candidate. With Mitt Romney as the POTUS preference, this ticket gives us two candidates with names starting with R. The fact they are Republicans is a bonus. The question today, has this ever happened before? According to wikipedia, this is the third time.
In 1856, John Breckinridge ran for Vice President, serving under James Buchanan. They won. When the War Between the States broke out, Mr. Breckinridge served in the Ist Kentucky Brigade. This unit supported the Confederacy, even though Kentucky remained in the Union. This led to charges of treason. After the war, Breckenridge CO changed the spelling of its name.
In 1952, Adlai Stevenson Jr. chose John Sparkman to be his running mate. They were seriously defeated in November. With one winner and one loser, any people looking for a prediction for November should look for other omens.
The wikipedia page for the Democrats goes back to 1828. The Whig party was popular in the pre war 19th century, but they did not have any same letter tickets.
There were rumors of Mitt Romney running as a third party candidate, if he did not get the GOP nomination. One possiblity was to call this the Wig Party.
Pictures are from The Library of Congress.