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

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April 8 2015 9:28 AM

Eisenhower, Taft, and the Wizard of Ooze

Slate’s new podcast about campaign history recounts Part 2 of the acrimonious fight between Sen. Robert Taft of Ohio and Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower for the 1952 Republican presidential nomination.

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Whistlestop is Slate’s new bite-sized 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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This week’'s episode recounts Part 2 of the acrimonious fight between Sen. Robert Taft of Ohio and Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower for the 1952 Republican presidential nomination. One of the highlights of the GOP convention was a speech by Sen. Everett Dirksen of Illinois, whose oratorical style earned him the nickname the Wizard of Ooze.

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