Hubert H. Humphrey – The democratic nominee for the presidency in the election of 1968. He was LBJ's vice president, and was supportive of his Vietnam policies. This support split the Democratic party, allowing Nixon to win the election for the Republicans.
Richard M. Nixon – In 1968, the Democrats were forced nominate Humphrey on a pro-war plank after Bobby Kennedy was shot. The Republicans meanwhile nominated Nixon, who pleased both Goldwater conservatives and moderates. A third-party from the South under George C Wallace (who had blocked entrance into Mississippi by black students) was named the American Independent Party. Both parties were committed to carrying on the war until the enemy settled for an “honorable peace.” Nixon received only 43.4% of the votes (31.8 million) and was a minority president.
Nixon was responsible for getting the United States out of the Vietnam War by using "Vietnamization," which was the withdrawal of 540,000 troops from South Vietnam over an extended period. He was responsible for the “Nixon Doctrine” saying the U.S. would not supply American troops for foreign wars, and he took the United States off the gold standard also. He was involved in détente, which was a way to create eased relations between the United States and the communist countries of Moscow and Beijing. One of the most distinct factors relating to Nixon was that he was the first president to ever resign due to the Watergate scandal. He resigned on August 8, 1974.