paris. and dewey communicated with eisenhower through clay. by the way, clay was the individual who masterminded the berlin airlift. and when they finally got to the point where they needed to have some sort of an organization on the ground, they turned to the junior senator from massachusetts, henry cabot lodge, who was then working so hard for eisenhower that he kind of let slide a challenge by a kid that he never thought could beat him in 1952, young congressman john f. kennedy. what lodge gave to eisenhower in 1952 hurt him in the long run. these three gentlemen here formed what i call just the eisenhower committee. there was never already a name for it. so when eisenhower changes his mind, he comes back to an organization that's already there and running for him. now, eisenhower diecides that h is going to be willing to accept the nomination as long as he doesn't have to run for it. but he does come back to run. what changes his mind? three things. the first is a ticket from an extraordinary -- and you should really take a look at this online, an event at madison square garden.
pr person, they take the tape and fly it to paris and show it to eisenhower. eisenhower writes in his diary that he cried. he was so choked up and he did not really accept to that and until that point -- that people really wanted him. and then he will shown that in two primaries. he's not -- he does not campaign for either one of them. in new hampshire, he goes up against bob taft, beats him without having set foot in the states. in midnnesota, he comes insect o harold stason in his own state without being in the ballot, he was a write in. it was these events that made eisenhower believved that peopl wanted him. by the way, this was a different primary set. today the primaries run everything. we'll have our two nominees as you well know. we'll have our two nominees probably by may. if not by april of next year. the primaries that were only 12 of them in 1952. the primaries chose a small number of delegates. the rest was done with back room dealing with the delegates which taft had delegates which taft had sewn up. taft was so far ahead of eisenhower going into chicago, and after w
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