Sen. Robert Taft of Ohio battles with Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower for the 1952 Republican presidential nomination.

Whistlestop: Was Eisenhower a Delegate Thief?

Whistlestop: Was Eisenhower a Delegate Thief?

Bite-sized stories from presidential campaign history.
April 1 2015 11:32 AM

Eisenhower, Taft, and the Texas Steal

Slate’s new podcast about campaign history revisits the acrimonious fight between Sen. Robert Taft of Ohio and Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower for the 1952 Republican presidential nomination.

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Listen to Episode 5 of Whistlestop:

Whistlestop is Slate’s new bite-size podcast about presidential campaign history. Hosted by our chief political correspondent and Political Gabfest panelist John Dickerson, each weekly installment will revisit a memorable (or even a forgotten) moment from America’s quadrennial carnival.

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John Dickerson is a Slate political columnist, the moderator of CBS’s Face the Nation, and author of Whistlestop and On Her Trail

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This week’s episode recalls the acrimonious fight between Sen. Robert Taft of Ohio and Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower for the 1952 Republican presidential nomination. The eventful lead-up to the GOP convention included a massive write-in campaign (known as the Minnesota Miracle), a purported theft of delegates in the South (dubbed the Texas Steal), and a popular song written by Irving Berlin, who very much liked Ike.

This week’s show is sponsored by The Great Courses and its series “Turning Points in American History.” Get it at 80 percent off the original price by visiting Whistlestop’s page at TheGreatCourses.com.

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