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New Deal - New Deal 1 FDR Man and Politics a National name...

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New Deal 1. FDR: Man and Politics a. National name b. Has polio and tries to overcome it, partially did so c. 1 st media president i. Takes advantage of radio and film to integrate it into campaign d. Friendly, smiling, handsome guy e. Liked him so much that it was an unwritten rule that you would not discuss his handicap and not photograph it. f. If new guys did, vet reporters would rip film out g. FDR’s handicap does not become a political downfall h. Also did not use it to get pity votes i. Millions did not know he was crippled til after he died i. Eleanor was a good political asset i. Brings people to meet him ii. Gets his name out there j. Pressured into running for governor of New York and wins in 1928 i. Tells that he has enormous appeal to voters b/c he was a democrat in a republican era ii. 28-30, runs for 2 nd term k. Mainstream, traditional guy l. Politician to the core i. Very analytic
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ii. Flexible m. 1 st governor to call a national conference for unemployment i. Tells people that unemployment is a national problem
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