This was true for all offices except the presidency. The public and press were opposed to presidential campaigning because it was a too dignified position for the candidates to embarrass themselves with personal salesmanship. People felt the president should be above partisanship... Showed first 250 characters
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People felt the president should be above partisanship. This way he would be able to act for the common good. Congress was supposed to make the laws; the president was just to see that it was obeyed.
During the period of the 19th and early 20th centuries that belief wore out because presidential candidates changed the level of their participation in their election... Showed next 250 characters
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