National Affairs: Prefabricated Platform

Most difficult problem in producing the Democratic Platform of 1936 was to make that document appear to be the legitimate offspring of the Democratic National Convention. When Franklin Roosevelt's chosen platform-maker, Senator Robert Wagner of New York, arrived last week in Philadelphia, he solemnly assured inquirers that he did not bring with him a platform ready-made at the White House. Some days earlier Democratic Senators had been shown the draft of the platform, but Senator Wagner had either left it behind in Washington or tactfully destroyed it. All that he brought to Philadelphia,...

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