Never Again: A President Runs for a Third Term

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CHAPTER ELEVEN Political Speeches

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WENDELL WILLKIE, after a day of vigorous campaigning through Indiana and Michigan, addressed the National Federation of Republican Women's Clubs in Detroit on the last day of September. Meeting the argument that FDR should be elected because "you can't change horses in the middle of the stream," he declared that the "closer Mr. Roosevelt gets to war, the more people say that we ought to change horses in the middle of the stream." Then he asked: "Well, for one thing, what are we doing in the middle of the stream?" In Cleveland, a few days later, after a strong statement about the need to continue aid to Britain"even if it means the sacrifice of some speed in building up our own air fleet," he left his prepared text to expand on what he had said in Detroit. "There comes a time," he said, "when it is very wise to get off that horse in midstream because if we don't, both you and the horse will sink."

Having been shaken by the Axis pact, and realizing that the in

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction ix
  • Prologue the Third Term Tradition 1
  • Chapter One - the Artful Dodger 7
  • Chapter Two - "The Stab in the Back" 23
  • Chapter Three - "The Darkest Horse in the Stable" 51
  • Chapter Four - "Life Begins in '40" 73
  • Chapter Five - Closing the Gap 103
  • Chapter Six - "We Want Willkie!" 127
  • Chapter Seven - the President Decides 163
  • Chapter Eight Shattering a Tradition 179
  • Chapter Nine "The Rich Man's Roosevelt" 197
  • Chapter Ten the Candidate Joins His Party 217
  • Chapter Eleven Political Speeches 237
  • Chapter Twelve the Third Term 259
  • Epilogue Never Again 281
  • Notes on Sources 290
  • Index 296
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