An excerpt from one in this series of political debates and discussion on current affairs presented by the New York Herald Tribune. In this segment, Orson Welles campaigns for President Franklin D. Roosevelt with a speech entitled "False Issues and the American Presidency." Welles begins by questioning Clare Boothe Luce's assertion (in a speech made earlier in the program) that Roosevelt had renounced the League of Nations. Welles criticizes the Republican presidential campaign for stressing negative rather than affirmative positions and for having as a theme "limitations and reform" when the American people are, thanks to Roosevelt, full of hope. Welles refutes Republican claims that labor strikes are damaging the war effort and that Roosevelt's foreign policy bears sole responsibility for America's involvement in the war.


  • NETWORK: Blue
  • DATE: October 18, 1944 Wednesdasy
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:09:00
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  • CATALOG ID: R88:0201
  • GENRE: Radio - Talk/Interviews
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Campaign debates
  • SERIES RUN: Blue Network - Radio, 1944


    • Franklin D. Roosevelt
    • Orson Welles
    • Clare Boothe Luce
    • New York Herald Tribune