In 1984, the addition of Geraldine A. Ferraro to the Democratic ticket initially helped Walter F. Mondale catch up with Republican Ronald Reagan in the polls. But that momentum soon was lost, in part over questions about her personal finances. Her husband, real estate broker John A. Zaccaro, declined to release his tax returns after Ferraro had said he would do so. At the 1988 Republican National Convention, George H.W. Bush surprisingly named Indiana Sen. Dan Quayle his running mate. Questions soon surfaced about whether Quayle had used family connections to avoid military service in Vietnam.
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