TITLE

PAST IMPERFECT

PUB. DATE
May 2004
SOURCE
New Republic;5/10/2004, Vol. 230 Issue 17, p10
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The author argues that comparisons between Iowa governor Tom Vilsack and Iowan Henry Wallace, who served as vice president under Franklin D. Roosevelt, hardly improve Vilsack's chances of being selected as John Kerry's running mate. Iowa Democrats are pushing hard for John Kerry to pick that state's governor, Tom Vilsack, as his running mate. So it was no surprise when Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, introducing Kerry at a rally in Des Moines this week, put in a plug for Vilsack. Speaking of Franklin Roosevelt, Harkin noted, "When he was looking for a vice president, he came to Iowa." Which is true: In 1940, Roosevelt picked Iowan (and future TNR editor) Henry Wallace as his running mate. But that's not exactly a historical precedent that works in Vilsack's favor. Four years after picking Wallace, Roosevelt dumped him for Harry S. Truman, who, FDR rightly concluded, would be harder-nosed on foreign policy. Indeed, in 1946, when Truman was president and Wallace was secretary of commerce, Truman sacked him for his criticism of America's "get tough" policy with the Soviets. One fears that the Wallace-Vilsack analogy has occurred to the Bush campaign, too.
ACCESSION #
13006980

 

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