Harold Stassen in The Man With the Iron HeartEdit
Stassen was not privy to Warren's decision to attack the Race's Colonization Fleet in 1962. In the aftermath of Warren's death, Stassen set about removing those members of the administration who had known about Warren's actions. Stassen was already certain that he wouldn't be elected in 1968, a fact that he privately shared with his Soviet counterpart, Vyacheslav Molotov.
Stassen soon learned of the new American use of rocket propelled asteroids as weapons. During a meeting with Sam Yeager, the man who blew the proverbial whistle on Warren, Yeager attempted to broach the subject with Stassen. Stassen pointedly shared nothing with Yeager.
Literary Comment Edit
Harry Turtledove's use of the then-living Stassen as a character in a work of fiction, using both first and last name without obscuring his identity, is unusual.
Harold Stassen in Joe SteeleEdit
Governor Harold Stassen received the Republican nomination for the 1948 presidential election just days before the outbreak of the Japanese War. As Stassen was a complete unknown outside of Minnesota, incumbent President Joe Steele had anticipated an easy victory. However, the new war meant that Steele actually had to campaign.
Stassen did somewhat better than expected, picking up states that the Steele machine hadn't expected him to. He was also able to pick up some of the states that contained resettled wreckers.
However, Steele handily carried the rest of the vote, and won his fifth term.
Harold Stassen in Southern VictoryEdit
Minnesota's enthusiastic young governor was the Republican nominee for the United States presidency in 1944. While he didn't win, he did comparatively well, taking his home state and the usual Republican strongholds in the midwest. More impressively, he took incumbent President Charles W. La Follette's home state of Wisconsin, a traditionally Socialist state.
This minor character is not named, but his description matches Harry Turtledove's other treatments of Harold Stassen.
- Lyndon Johnson, 36th President of the United States, serving from November 1963 through January 1969. Like Stassen in Worldwar, Johnson was an incumbent Vice President who ascended to the Presidency after the unexpected death of the previous incumbent President (Johnson succeeded John F. Kennedy).
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|1. In the novel only. In the story, there were no GOP candidates after 1940.|