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They had adopted the platform before the nomination of Willkie, of course. I read the platform through. Here it was. Every single New Deal thing that we had done was mentioned. It was going to be done better, more sensibly, more practically, and, of course, they added that it wasn't going to cost anything. Every single thing was promised, including health insurance, including a limitation of the hours of labor. I looked at Fitzgerald and said, “Well, God's holy name be praised. No matter who gets elected we've won. That's what that means. The United States is going to adopt that policy.”

I think this was all brought about by the election of '36. The Republican convention of '40 adopted a program which had been made unanimous by the vote of the people in '36.

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