The Democratic National Convention, held in Chicago in 1932, was charged with suspense. In the first three roll calls, FDR was short a hundred votes of the two-thirds majority needed for the presidential nomination. John Nance Garner, a Congressman from Texas, finally threw his support behind FDR, and was given the nomination for Vice President in return. FDR, in an unprecedented move, flew to Chicago to personally accept the nomination, in an effort to assure his party and the people that his paralysis would not prevent him from being an able President. Roosevelt ended this speech outlining his plan for the Presidency with a promise to the people, saying "I pledge you, I pledge myself to a new deal for the American people." American voters were in a foul mood during the election of 1932. The number of unemployed workers had risen to eleven million and poverty was rampant. Hoover was
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