Election 1944: Bricker hits ‘one-man’ government (11-4-44)

The Pittsburgh Press (November 4, 1944)


Bricker hits ‘one-man’ government

Says Roosevelt wants ‘to go it alone’

En route to Cleveland, Ohio (UP) –
Ohio Governor John W. Bricker ends his eight-week, 16,000-mile campaign tonight at Cleveland with a speech in the Music Hall.

The GOP vice-presidential nominee made his final nationwide radio speech last night at Philadelphia with a summing up of his campaign in which he said that Governor Thomas E. Dewey “deplores one-man government” while President Roosevelt “wants to go it alone.”

On his way through Ohio, Governor Bricker speaks today at Youngstown and Akron, and makes rear-platform talks at Niles and Warren.

His 170th speech

Governor Bricker’s speech at Cleveland tonight will be the 170th he will have delivered since he began his campaign at French Lick, Indiana, on Sept. 9. He stumped the nation from Maine to Oregon to California, Texas and back to the metropolitan New York area before winding up in his home state.

The speech last night was in the nature of a “closing argument” to the jury of voters who give their verdict next Tuesday. Governor Bricker accused President Roosevelt of “repudiating” free representative government by bypassing Congress; of finding so “irksome” an “independent judiciary” that he “packed” the Supreme Court with New Dealers; of substituting the White House “palace guard” for his Cabinet; of permitting world diplomacy to slip from his administration’s hands, and of allying himself with Communists through Earl Browder and Sidney Hillman to gain support for his reelection campaign.

Confusion charged

Asserting that Mr. Roosevelt’s “one-man government” resulted in “confusion, arrogance and bickering in government,” Governor Bricker said that “the man responsible for this condition is not the man to serve representative government at home or abroad.”

Attacking Mr. Roosevelt’s foreign policy, Governor Bricker said that a “strong domestic policy” was the only base for a “strong foreign policy.”