Senator Foraker Is Now A Candidate.

December 7, 1907


The Planet describes Senator Foraker’s actions leading up to him announcing his running for the Republican Presidential nominee.


Senator Foraker Is Now A Candidate.
Senator J. B. Foraker made his formal bow to the country last evening as a candidate for the Republican Presidential nomination, by accepting the endorsement tendered him by the advisory and executive committees of the Ohio Republican League of Clubs at their meeting in Columbus on November 20. He thus sets himself up as a rival of Secretary of War William H. Taft, for the support of his own State, and henceforth intends to compete with him in the quest for delegates to the national convention.
The league also endorsed Mr. Foraker for reelection to the Senate, but he lays this endorsement aside.
His rejection of it, however, is couched in such phraseology that by some politicians it may not be constructed as absolutely irrevocable. Yet it is beyond question that he has subordinated it clearly and definitely to his Presidential candidacy. The Senator’s announcement of his entry into the race for the Executive succession is contained in a letter he has sent to Conrad J. Mattern, of Dayton, vice-president of the Republican League. The letter in full follows:
Senator Foraker’s Letter.
United States Senate, Nov. 28, ’07. Hon. Conrad J. Mattern. Vice President Ohio Republican League, Dayton, Ohio.
Dear Sir: I write to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 22nd instant with copy enclosed, as stated of resolutions adopted by the advisory and executive committees of the Ohio Republican League of Clubs at a joint meeting held at the Neil House in Columbus, November 20, denouncing the proposition that I should be “eliminated” from public life, and relegated to private citizenship because in the discharge of my duties as a Senator I have been unable in three instances to agree with President Roosevelt, and pledging me their support as a candidate for reelection to be my own successor, and also declaring that I am their choice as a candidate for the Presidency.
I am informed that there were ninety-eight members of the committee, out of a total membership of 105 present in person or by proxy, and that the resolutions were adopted by a unanimous vote, and with much enthusiasm.
The names and addresses of those present, as published ln the newspapers, show that all sections and counties of the State were represented, and that among these representatives are many who have for years been well known to the whole State as prominent leaders of the Republican party.
I would not be insensible to such a mark of confidence and esteem if I could be, and I could not be if I would.
But I do not want to even appear to be a candidate for two offices at the same time, and therefore forego the double honor proposed, and with heartfelt appreciation accept the support for the Presidential candidacy which the committees have so generously tendered.
Nevertheless, I want to say that far beyond anything personal to myself, I am gratified by the action taken because it ls a flat rebuke to the suggestion that the office of United States Senator is to be stripped of all the real honor attached to it by making its incumbent a mere agent to register the degrees of somebody else instead of the representative of a State charged with the constitutional duty of legislating according to his best judgment for the welfare of a great nation, accountable to his constituency for his acts and votes, but to nobody else.
I regard it of far greater importance to uphold and protect the dignity and usefulness of the Senatorial office than that any particular man should be chosen to fill it.
As our fathers created it the place ls one of the most important in the government, and any man might well feel highly honored to hold it, but if it is to be degraded into a mere agency no self-respecting man can desire to hold it.
I not only stand for the broad principles involved, but also stand ready to submit to my constituents for their judgement not only my action in the three instances when I was unable to agree with the President, but my entire record. I may have made mistakes, but no speech or vote or other act will be found that was not in accordance with a conscientious judgement formed by the aid of the best light at the time attainable.
Thinks Majority Is With Him.
My action on the question of joint Statehood and in the Brownsville matter your committees have approves, as I believe the great majority of Republicans do everywhere.
There are doubtless yet many who criticize my vote on the rate bill, but if the assurances with which my mail Is filled, coming as they do from every section of the country, are not misleading, the number of critics li rapidly diminishing.
In the debates on that measure I took pains to point out that if the government took upon itself the duty and responsibility of making rates, it would of necessity have to determine not only how much a railroad should be allowed to. make. but also how much it should be allowed to spend- how much for operation, for extensions, for equipment, and for every other item of expenditure, all of which it is impossible for a government to do successfully and satisfactorily, and that the result would inevitably be that just at the time when a rapidly increasing business for the roads was making it necessary for them to raise hundreds of millions annually for increasing their tracks, cars, and general facilities we would impair the confidence of investors in their stocks and bonds and thereby not only make it impossible for the roads to sell the additional securities necessary for such purposes, but lead many of the holders of them, both at home and abroad, to dispose of what were already outstanding, and that in consequence the market would be so largely oversupplied that their values would shrink, dragging down all kinds of securities with them until panic and disaster would take the place of confidence and prosperity.
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