Reading Eagle (October 5, 1940)
WOULD LEAD ‘PEACE FIGHT,’ WILLKIE SAYS
F.R. Trying to Cover Up Defense Deficiencies, He Charges in Phila.
MEETS N.Y. LEADERS
Asserts Those Who Boo Him Replace Thinking With Prejudice
New York, Oct. 5 (UP) –
Republican presidential nominee Wendell L. Willkie came back to his adopted state today in an effort to win its 47 electoral votes.
Willkie arrived in New York at 9 a.m. after ending a tour through Michigan, northern Ohio and industrial areas in Pennsylvania. Tonight he tours through Brooklyn during which he will be accompanied by Bruce Barton, New York Republican nominee for the Senate, was scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.
New York Republican leaders met Willkie at the train. Then he went to his personal headquarters in the Commodore Hotel. He held brief conferences and then went to his home.
A large crowd was at the Pennsylvania station as the Willkie train pulled in from Philadelphia. An American Legion band played “East Side, West Side” and Willkie smiled and waved to the crowd.
Willkie planned a rest for tomorrow, after which he was scheduled to tour northern New Jersey – including a stop at Journal Square, center of Mayor Frank Hague’s stronghold – and then a one-day automobile trip through Connecticut.
I now say that only production – not orders – can defend us from aggressors. For seven years, we have also had prosperity on order. The purpose of the Republican Party in this crusade is to have prosperity on hand.
Leaving Pennsylvania, where he was both cheered and booed, Willkie predicted a Republican victory in November, but called the party workers to active efforts, asserting that they were "pitted against the most ruthless group of political operators, with billions of dollars in their hands.
As he came to New York for a series of political conferences before beginning his Brooklyn tour, Willkie was starting a 13-day trip through nine states which have 176 of the 266 electoral votes necessary for election. He will visit New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Missouri between now and October 17.
Says Boos Don’t Hurt Him
In Democratic centers of Philadelphia, Willkie denounced those who booed him as “poor, misled saps,” and asserted that "some of the ward heelers think it wise and smart to organize little booing sections.
Willkie told a crowd near the Edward G. Budd Manufacturing Company:
I can take a million boos and still be just as happy as I am now, but the fellow it hurts is the fellow who does it, because that fellow’s mind is closed. He is no longer a freeman. He is the instrumentality through which dictators work. He is the pawn in the game. He no longer thinks. He gives up his thinking process to a prejudice or to somebody else and if I could just keep open the minds of American citizens so they will listen to arguments, keep their minds free so they won’t be slaves to political bosses, to prejudices, to vague arguments or to bunk, I shall be satisfied.