||On April 3, 1900, Admiral George Dewey announced in a New York World interview his availability for nomination as president, but declined to identify his party affiliation or what his platform would be. While Dewey shut himself off from the press for a few days, his brother stated that the admiral was a Democrat, which contradicted his nephew’s remark that he was a Republican. The New York Tribune acidly commented: “No party. No platform. Just Dewey.” On April 6, the new presidential candidate grudgingly told a World reporter, “All right, I will answer that question. I am a Democrat.” However, he refused further elaboration.