While Roosevelt

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While Roosevelt's mother thought his illness was a sign he should retire from politics, he  thought the opposite. FDR, with Howe's help, presented himself as the bridge between  the two wings of the Democratic Party. One wing, which was largely Catholic, eastern,  urban, and ethnic, was represented by Al Smith, whose nomination for President in 1924  FDR strongly supported. The other half, primarily Protestant, southern, western, and  rural, was represented by William Jennings Bryan and William McAdoo. FDR used the  talent he had developed charming his parents and their friends in Hyde Park to charm  both sides of the Democratic Party and bring them together. After months of resisting pressure to run for Governor of New York, FDR decided that it  was time to move beyond mere political mediation. Al Smith personally asked him to run  in order to offset the negative effects that Smith's Catholicism would have on the 
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This note was uploaded on 12/14/2011 for the course HIST 2320 taught by Professor Siegenthaler during the Fall '07 term at Texas State.

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