James P. Cannon

SWP Statement on Candidacy
of Henry Wallace

(31 December 1948)

Published: The Militant, Vol. XII No. 1, 5 January 1948, p. 4.
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James P. Cannon, National Secretary of the Socialist Workers Party issued the following statement upon Wallace’s announcement that he would run for the U.S. Presidency as an independent candidate:


NEW YORK, Dec. 31 – “Organized labor should boldly enter the political field with its own independent party and, its own Presidential candidate and not help clutter up the field with another splinter capitalist party like the Wallace movement,” declared James P. Cannon.

“We reject Henry Wallace, but not from the reactionary standpoint of Green, Murray, Reuther and similar supporters of the war-mongering Truman administration,” he continued.

“A Wallace party and its program cannot solve a single one of the burning problems before us today. The only force capable of averting war and the oncoming depression is the labor movement. It alone can effectively combat the militarization of America and the sway of political reaction, stemming from Big Business and promoted by the bi-partisan administration in Washington.

“Labor’s immediate task is to convene a national conference of all trade unions and put forward a candidate that would represent and speak for the ranks of the CIO, AFL, railway brotherhoods and other independent unions.”

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