Election 1944: Senator Ball refuses to back Dewey (9-30-44)

The Pittsburgh Press (September 30, 1944)


Ball refuses to back Dewey

St. Paul, Minnesota (UP) –
Senator Joe H. Ball (R-MN) said today that he would not campaign for Governor Thomas E. Dewey for President.

Declaring that he believed the issue of U.S. foreign policy more important than the success or failure of any person or political party, Mr. Ball said:

I have read or listened to all of Governor Dewey’s speeches and statements to date, and he has not yet convinced me that his own convictions on this issue are so strong that he would fight vigorously for a foreign policy which will offer real hope.

I would violate my own deepest convictions if I were at this time to try to campaign for Governor Dewey.