REPUBLICANS: Rugged & Extensive

As Harry Truman set off on the first leg of his campaign itinerary, Candidate Tom Dewey kept his own plans strictly to himself. The only word from Republican headquarters was the announcement that Running Mate Earl Warren would take off next week for a ten-day tour through twelve Western and border states.

But behind the scenes in Albany, Dewey campaigners were hard at work. Under the direction of State Budget Director John Burton and Banking Superintendent Elliott Bell, a corps of researchers, phrasemakers, specialists, and advisers dug for campaign fodder. One elaborate stunt: a card-index file of every Dewey pronouncement,...

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