Dewey's campaign rested primarily on his assurances that he'd do a better job of prosecuting World War II and reducing the labor camps Steele had created during his second term. As the Allies had achieved several victories throughout the early part of 1944, and as the American people at home were used to the labor camps at this point, Steele easily neutralized Dewey's efforts.
At home, Steele maintained his strong hold over the country. While his bid for a fourth term was unprecedented, it was not against the letter of United States Constitution or any law.
With the end of the war in sight, a strong economy, and broad indifference to the labor camps, Dewey had very little go campaign on.. Moreover, Steele's apparatus was difficult to contend with. In the end, Steele trounced Dewey. In his concession speech, Dewey wished Steele well, because wishing the President well meant wishing the country well, and Dewey loved the U.S. as he knew Steele did.
Like Steele, incumbent Franklin D. Roosevelt sought an unprecendented fourth term. He was joined by Harry Truman as Vice Presidential candidate. As in Joe Steele, Thomas Dewey emerged as the Republican Party's nominee from a crowded field.
Despite Roosevelt's popularity, which was continually being buoyed by news of major World War II battlefield victories such as Leyte Gulf, Dewey came closest of any of Roosevelt's four opponents to defeating him. However, Roosevelt died on April 12, 1945 and Truman ended up serving most of Roosevelt's term. Roosevelt did not live to see the end of the war.