|Text on Button||ON THE WAY GOP WILLKIE 1940 to WASHINGTON|
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Wendell Willkie was the 1940 Republican Party nominee for President of the United States. Willkie, a corporate lawyer, spoke on issues regarding America's part in the second World War and attempted to ralley support. Willkie was a very unlikely candidate because he was once a member of the Democratic party and worked on Wall Street. Willkie lost the election to his opponent, Franklin D. Roosevelt. After the election was over, Roosevelt asked Willkie to be part of his staff as an informal ambassador. Willkie traveled the world speaking to America's allies and encouraging support for the US to aid and support allies in times of war, especially Great Britain against Germany. His progressive views cost him a drastic reduction of support within the Republican party and it eventually lead to him dropping out of the 1944 presidential race.