Bryan Back Home and Makes Speech (1912)
In that same newspaper, The Democratic Banner, dated 9 July 1912, page 2, we found this article concerning William Jennings Bryan made in Lincoln, Nebraska, July 6, 1912, concerning Bryan being back home and making speeches about the Republican convention.
Lincoln, Neb., July 6, 1912 -- "Three thousand Lincoln people joined in a homecoming reception to Colonel Bryan, who told them all about the Baltimore convention in a three quarters of an hour speech.
Bryan said, "I never deluged myself into believing that I could be nominated at Baltimore. In fact, I could have come nearer to being nominated at Chicago. At the national convention I tried to be a harmonizer, always insisting that compromise should be so the side of the progressives.
"After Taft had been named by means I will not describe and after Roosevelt's followers ahd placed him in nomination as their leader, I received that the only thing for the Democrats to do was to write a platform so progressive at Baltimore and to nominate a candidate so progressive that Mr. Roosevelt could find o excuse for running.
"Any other progressive than Wilson would have suited me just as well. But under the prevailing circumstances I do not believe that any other progressive could poll so many votes as would he. But if anyone thinks that I wanted the nomination, let him explain why it is that I am happier in supporting Mr. Wilson for that place than in making the race myself."
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