Election 1944: Roosevelt, Truman plan campaign (8-18-44)

The Pittsburgh Press (August 18, 1944)


Roosevelt, Truman plan campaign

Senator considers half-dozen speeches

Washington (UP) –
President Roosevelt, just back from a five-week inspection trip into the Pacific, turned today from direct problems of war to home front issues and strategy talks for his fourth-term campaign.

Mr. Roosevelt lunched with Senator Harry S. Truman (D-MO), his fourth-term running mate – the first meeting of the two Democratic Party standard-bearers since their nomination last month.

Sees Marshall, Hull

The President returned yesterday from his 15,000-mile inspection tour and conferred shortly afterward with Gen. George C. Marshall, Army Chief of Staff, and Secretary of State Cordell Hull.

Mr. Roosevelt’s declaration, in his nomination acceptance speech, that he would not campaign in the usual sense was expected to leave to Mr. Truman the burden of the Democratic Party’s national campaigning.

To speak Aug. 31

Mr. Truman said earlier this week that he preferred to do the job in a half dozen major speeches, the first of which he will make at nomination notification ceremonies in his native Missouri. This was reported that address has been scheduled for Aug. 31 at Lamar, Missouri, Mr. Truman’s birthplace.

After discussing speaking schedules and other campaign matters with Mr. Truman, Mr. Roosevelt was expected to arrange another campaign conference this week with Chairman Robert E. Hannegan of the Democratic National Committee.