Both men were self-made millionaires and attributed their own success, as well as the prosperity of the Harding-Coolidge years, to free enterprise and capitalism.
They both had strong records on labour support, with Hoover having opposed intervention in labour disputes and Smith having engineered improvements to conditions for city workers in New York City.
"We have so many people who are trying to destroy the relationship between Russia and the United States," says Representative Dana Rohrabacher of California, who attended the dinner and has visited Russia at least a half-dozen times over the past five years.
"I'm trying my best to expand the amount of personal contacts we have with people who are engaged in government in Russia."Russia is equally keen on cultivating links to Republicans.
The crusade, which predates the rise of Trump, has garnered scant attention but achieved significant success, sparking new alliances with leading U. evangelicals, lawmakers and powerful interest groups like the NRA. During the Cold War, the Kremlin tried to forge links to the American left. It's no accident that Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein scored a seat at Vladimir Putin's table at a 2015 banquet in Moscow for the state-sponsored propaganda outlet RT, or that RT hired former MSNBC anchor Ed Schultz, who boasts a fervent liberal fan base. Conservative Christianity has been one common touchstone.While campaigning, he nonetheless vowed to call a special session of Congress to address the issue of farm relief.Additionally, Hoover was granted an endorsement by the National Women’s Party because of his support for the Equal Rights Amendment, which Smith opposed.The majority of the campaign was conducted—at least by Hoover—via radio and newsreels.Hoover made only seven speeches in person, and those were essentially rote recitation of the Republican planks.