Campaigning with Theodore Roosevelt In Iowa
On September 4, 1912 ex-president Theodore Roosevelt, the Progressive “Bull Moose” Party presidential nominee travelling from St. Louis, Missouri to Syracuse, New York stopped to campaign in Oskaloosa, Iowa. He had been to Oskaloosa in 1903 as President to help dedicate the new YMCA but is now on his way to the Progressive Party’s first state convention in New York tomorrow. Roosevelt criticized Democratic presidential nominee New Jersey governor Woodrow Wilson for being sympathetic to many of the Progressive Party’s reformist ideals but not supportive of the party.
Republican candidate president William Howard Taft is more conservative and supportive of corporations and federal government and courts. Wilson takes a middle road attacking Taft’s connections to Big Business but also Roosevelt’s radical views.