Party Platforms and the 1936 Campaign

Archive Report

Advance Shaping of Campaign Issue for 1936

Pre-Election campaigns in the autumn of 1935 were note-worthy chiefly because they served to introduce issues for next year's presidential race. Despite the importance of local questions, campaigns in many parts of the country revolved about the New Deal. Particularly was this true in New York State, Discussing the bearing of the 1935 elections in New York on the impending presidential battle, Arthur Krock, veteran political observer wrote: While the outcome of the elections is open to various interpretations, it is none the less true that the campaign brought national issues to the fore and gave indication of the lines along which the 1936 platforms are likely to be shaped.

Primarily the link was forged by the Republicans, who, believing ...

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