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August 2004: Volume 23, Number 2
Ohio on the Campaign Trail
"You campaign in poetry, you govern in prose"
--Mario Cuomo, Governor of New York
Theodore Roosevelt Speaking on the Steps of the Defiance County Courthouse
"Colonel Theodore Roosevelt has come and gone. Tomorrow morning at 9.30 o'clock President William Howard Taft will spend a few minutes in Defiance. Thus Defiance people get an opportunity to actually witness this novelty of a former president of the United States and a president of the nation, both on the stump, both seeking to again occupy, the highest and most dignified office in the land.
"'If we are given a chance,' said the Colonel, 'we will put into effect the proposals that I am making on the stump. We will see that while the rights of the employer and the capitalist are safeguarded, the rights of the employees, the wage earners, the farmer, the retail dealer and the small professional man are safeguarded--that all of them have a fair show.'"
William H. Taft Speaking at the Defiance County Courthouse
"President William Howard Taft was very emphatic in his statements concerning Colonel Theodore Roosevelt in his short speech upon his visit to Defiance Saturday morning. He spoke much longer than was expected, discussing at some length certain issues of the campaign.
"He said that he was not stumping the country because he liked it but because it had been forced upon him by the statements of Col. Roosevelt...Paying his respects to Col. Roosevelt he said that when he took office, he found that under the colonel's administration the nation was exceeding its income and there was a deficit of about fifty million dollars. This he claims to have cleaned up, leaving a small surplus... He especially resents the statement made by Roosevelt that he is not a progressive....
Governor Harris Arrives by Train
A convention of the United Spanish War Veterans (USWV) was the occasion that called Governor Andrew L. Harris to Defiance in 1907.
A national political campaign is better than the best circus ever heard of,
with a mass baptism and a couple of hangings thrown in.--H. L. Mencken
Republican National Convention, 1920
America was in a much different situation by 1920. In the years since the 1912 campaign, the United States had gone to war in Europe and women had won the right to vote. Warren G. Harding, an Ohio newspaper publisher-turned-politician, was considered by Republican leaders to have the right qualities to carry the party banner in the election. He won the nomination on the tenth ballot.
Warren G. Harding reading the newspaper on his front porch.
Conducting the major portion of his 1920 Presidential campaign from the wide front porch of his home in Marion Ohio, Senator Warren G. Harding welcomed and spoke to thousands of people from its cozy shade. To accommodate the crowds, the lawn was covered with gravel.
There is no excitement anywhere in the world, short of war, to match the excitement of an American presidential campaign.--Theodore H. White
Senator John F. Kennedy Autographs His Book
While BGSU President Ralph McDonald looks on, Dr. John Davidson, professor in Business Administration asks Senator Kennedy to sign his book, Profiles in Courage. Kennedy was a rising star in the U. S. Senate with clearly presidential aspirations when he visited campus to speak. His appearance packed the auditorium.
"Senator Kennedy closed his speech with an appeal to the student body. 'I am confident that you will take the knowledge you have gained at Bowling Green State University with the assistance of the tax-paying citizens, and make some contribution, either great or small, to the political endeavors of this fine state,' he said...[the United States] must shoulder our responsibilities if we expect the rest of the world to look to us for leadership in the future.'"--BG News, September 22, 1959.
Former Vice President Richard Nixon Talks with BGSU Students
Nixon had lost the race for the presidency to Kennedy in 1960 and the race for the governorship of California in 1962, and it seemed that his political career was over. However, by 1967, he had begun making the rounds on the national lecture circuit, keeping himself in the public eye. Nominated for president by the Republican Party in 1968, he defeated Democratic Vice President Hubert Humphrey.
President Gerald Ford Speaking in Arena
In 1976, President Gerald Ford had a hard fight for the nomination of his party against California Governor Ronald Reagan.
President Ford Greets Supporters
"During his campaign trip which found him in eight large and medium-sized cities, including Bowling Green, Ford spoke to an estimated 100,000 people. Many came to see the President as supporters, while an equally large number seemed to come undecided and leave as supporters.
President Ronald Reagan Displays His New BGSU Football Jersey
"It was called the Presidential Forum on World Affairs.
"The stakes are too high for you to stay at home."--Lyndon Johnson, 1964
- MS 454 Bronson Collection
- BG News
- University Archives Photograph Collection
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