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Harry S Truman Fiftieth Election Anniversary 1948-1998
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Whistle-Stop Campaign

photo of Ike Skelton
Representative Ike Skelton
"He was a man of determination. Prior to the 1948 Presidential election, pundits and pollsters had written off Harry Truman. Just before the election, I asked my father if President Truman had a chance to win. My Dad replied, "Ike, don't count Harry Truman out." Truman didn't let others convince him that his race for a term in his own right would fail. Instead, he took his message directly to the American people during his trademark whistle-stop campaign tour. Then, as now, America loved a man with guts, and Truman's persistence was rewarded with a tremendous victory on election day."