|Chris Christie on ABC talking to George Stephanopoulos.|
It has become an American electoral tradition. The October surprise. The term was coined in 1972 when on the eve of the presidential election the Nixon White House announced that "peace is at hand" in Vietnam.
George H.W. Bush blamed his loss to Bill Clinton on an October surprise. Four days before the 1992 election, Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh announced the indictment of Caspar Weinberger over the Iran-Contra affair. In 2000, George W. Bush seemed to be cruising to an easy victory over Al Gore when his 1976 DUI arrest hit the headlines.