The Vice-Presidential Nominees


 “A Dress Rehearsal for the Road"
  Cartoonist:  Udo J. Keppler
  Source:  Puck
  Date:  July 13, 1904

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Complete HarpWeek Explanation:
As the Republican vice-presidential nominee in 1900, Theodore Roosevelt had traveled on a 21,000-mile speaking tour, addressing an estimated audience of three million. Four years later, having become chief executive after the assassination of President William McKinley, Roosevelt abided by the custom of incumbent presidents not openly campaigning for reelection. Consequently, that task fell to his vice-presidential running mate, Senator Charles Fairbanks, who embarked on a speaking tour through 33 states. This Puck cover portrays Fairbanks trying to mimic the president. The senator wears Roosevelt’s Rough Rider military uniform, flashes a toothy grin (into a mirror bearing the president’s image), and voices the stereotypical Roosevelt response: “De-light-ed!”













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