National Affairs: President Before Platform

Socialists this year followed the novel party procedure of first nominating their presidential candidate, then building a platform under him. Fortnight ago, at the Socialist National Convention in Milwaukee, the 1932 Socialist ticket was named—for President, Norman Thomas of New York; for Vice President, James H. Maurer, onetime president of the Pennsylvania Federation of Labor—same ticket which received 267,420 votes in 1928. A 60-minute ovation greeted these uncontested nominations. Nominee Thomas' keynote: "The choice now confronting the world is between Socialism and catastrophe!"

Last week the Socialists, with considerably less harmony, began formulating the issues on which Nominees Thomas & Maurer will...

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