The United States presidential election of 1932 was the 37th quadrennial presidential election, held on Tuesday, November 8, 1932. It took place against the backdrop of the Great Depression. PresidentHerbert Hoover's popularity was falling as voters felt he was unable to reverse the country's economic collapse. Joe Steele used Hoover's perceived failure as a platform for his own election, promising a policy called the Four Year Plan to jumpstart the economy. Steele won in a landslide, and began to slowly accumulate power to the executive branch at the expense of the legislative and judicial.
Sensing that they were in their best position in over a decade, the Democrats held their Convention in Chicago, and very nearly undid themselves, as the party had decided on two front runners: California Congressman Joe Steele, and; New York governor Franklin D. Roosevelt. But after two days, neither man had the needed two-thirds majority to clinch the nomination. However, when Roosevelt (who suffered from polio) died in a fire at the Executive Mansion in Albany, Steele became the party's presidential nominee. His vice-presidential nominee was John Nance Garner. Other potential candidates such as Louisiana Senator Huey Long attempted the gain the nomination from Steele, but failed spectacularly.
Hoover's lack of charisma hurt him, particularly when compared with the relentless campaign machine Steele brought to bear. Steele's down-to-earth façade and his promise of the Four Year Plan appealed to the working class, and Steele defeated Hoover in a landslide, even winning states Democrats hadn't won in generations. Steele's coattails won a solid majority for the Democrats in Congress.