Joe Ball Decides

Minnesota's earnest young Senator Joe Ball set his own terms for supporting either Dewey or Roosevelt: the winner must convince Ball of the sincerity and strength of his internationalism. Then he sat back to listen. First he heard Tom Dewey's midweek broadcast; then he listened to Franklin Roosevelt. His decision: "I shall vote for and support Franklin Roosevelt." His reasoning:

"President Roosevelt . . . capped his record of action by meeting squarely and unequivocally . . . the vital and controversial issues on which the isolationists kept us out of the...

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