(TIME, May 30, 1932) -- Dearly would socialist Norman Thomas of New York City like to be the eighth Ohioan, the third Princetonian to sit in the White House. Last week, at the Socialist National convention in Milwaukee, he got his second chance with his second nomination. As in 1928, his running mate was chosen to be James H. Maurer, one-time president of the Pennsylvania Federation of Labor. A 60- min. ovation greeted their uncontested nominations. Candidate Thomas keynoted his campaign thus: "Not merely or chiefly the Democratic or Republican parties, but the capitalist system behind them stand sexposed in all its brutal stupidity. Its days are numbered. Its doom is written in its own failures . . . . The choice now confronting the world is between Socialism and catastrophe!"
President Before Platform
Socialists this year followed the novel party procedure of first nominating their presidential candidate, then building a platform under him. Fortnight ago, at the Socialist National Convention in Milwaukee, the 1932 Socialist ticket was named -- for President, Norman Thomas of New York; for Vice President, James H. Maurer, onetime president of the Pennsylvania Federation of Labor -- same ticket which received 267,420 votes in 1928. A 60- minute ovation greeted these uncontested nominations. Nominee Thomas' keynote: "The choice now confronting the world is between Socialism and catastrophe!"
Last week the Socialists, with considerably less harmony, began formulating the issues on which Nominees Thomas Maurer will campaign. A bitter struggle resulted in what Colyumist Heywood Broun, defeated Socialist candidate for Congress and New York City aldermas, wryly called his "first political victory." The convention voted (81-to-71) for repeal of the 18th Amendment and government sale of liquor. Other plans: U. S. recognition of Soviet Russia, participation in the League of Nations, ten billion dollars worth of Federal unemployment relief and public works, cancellation of War debts, increased inheritance, personal and corporation income taxes, a two-year moratorium on foreclosures and tax sales of homes and farms.
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