Quotation by William Howard Taft

Well, I am chiefly interested in the renomination, so don't get disconsolate over that. If we lost the election I shall feel that the party is rejected, whereas if I fail to secure the renomination it will be a personal defeat.
William Howard Taft (1857–1930), U.S. president. Letter, Butt to his sister-in-law, Clara F. Butt, November 24, 1911. Archie Butt, Taft and Roosevelt: The Intimate Letters of Archie Butt, Military Aide, 2: 768, Doubleday, Doran & Company (1930).

Taft was replying to Mrs. Taft, who had said, "I think you will be renominated, but I don't see any chance for the election."
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