DEMOCRATS: If I Hadn't Been There . . .

As he left Washington for a 3,500-mile swing through the industrial Midwest, Harry Truman's face was drawn. There was no concealing that the Vinson bobble (TIME, Oct. 18) had hurt. But Truman strategists hoped that their candidate still had a Sunday punch which would knock Tom Dewey off his high pedestal and force him to fight on Truman's level.

For the occasion they had called in a new team of ghostwriters—diffident, New Dealing Columnist Jay Franklin, and David Noyes, a wealthy former vice president of Lord & Thomas, who served as idea-man...

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