, new hampshire. we hope you tune in. geoffrey cowan is here at the table, the author of "let the people rule." teddy roosevelt and the birth of the presidential primary. good sunday morning. thank you very much for being with us. guest: great to be with you. i feel like i grew up with you. host: thank you. it's a fun book. it really is a fun book. why did you write it? guest: you probably know this, but in 1968, when hubert humphrey became the democratic nominee, not having won a single primary, many of us involved in the kennedy and mccarthy campaign felt it wasn't fair, that there were some people selected without public participation. so i actually put the commission together that led the democratic convention to require that all delegates, and my hero was theodore roosevelt in 1912 when the primary system first begun. i really wanted to find that story out. host: we talked to the nominee of the constitution party earlier. it's very difficult to get on the ballot, because democrats and the republicans have basically set up the system to benefit each respective party. guest: well, it'
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