-1952 the last year of Truman's presidency(Truman was a democrat) Americans were looking for relief from Korean War and an end to political scandals referred to as "the mess in Whashington"
-Eisenhower won republican nomination, and chose young CA senator Richard Nixon, who made a name for himself attacking communists in the Alger Hiss case, as his running mate
-Adlai Stevenson, popular governor of Illinois, whose wit, eloquence, and courage in facing down McCarthyism appealed to liberals, won the Democratic nomination
-Republican campaign slogan "I like Ike" expressed the genuine feelings of millions of middle class Americans, they trusted and admired the former general who commanded Allied forces in Europe during WWII, Eisenhower, being a nonpoliticain had a spotless reputation for integrity, Nixon almost ruined that and got dropped from the ticket when news of him using campaign funds for his own personal use got out, Nixon used the telivision to defend himself and give a heartwarming speech with his family around him he vowed never to return their dog, which the whole family loved(Checkers Speech)
-Eisenhowers promise to end the Korean War really assured the Republican victory, Eisenhower/Nixon won 55% of popular vote, and 442 to 89 in electoral college
-Eisenhower would go on to personify the 1950's much like F.D.R. did in the 1930's