Governor Thomas E. Dewey's plain-spoken acceptance speech, an extraordinarily clear and promising beginning to a U.S. political campaign and, notable for its tone of sensible restraint, gave the first indication of what kind of campaign he might be expected to make:
'I come to this great task a free man. I have made no pledges, promises or commitments, expressed or implied, to any man or woman. I shall make none, except to the people.
"These pledges I do make:
"To men and women of the Republican Party everywhere I pledge my utmost efforts.