A Republican convention delegate talks Wendell Willkie, the GOP nominee in 1940 opposite FDR

You don’t see Wendell Willkie
mentioned much these days

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A Republican convention delegate, a lawyer from Syracuse, New York, compares Donald Trump with the relatively unknown nominee of 1940, Wendell Willkie, who went up against the popular and charismatic FDR.

I have been actively involved in politics for half a century, and I have never encountered a phenomenon akin to Trump. The closest thing to Trump is Wendell Willkie. And it fascinates me, not only from a historical perspective, but it intrigues me how my party is transforming.”

According to Michael Beschloss, Willkie was the only presidential nominee in American history whose principal experience was as a corporate chief executive.

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