15 MAY 1936, Page 2

* * * President Roosevelt's Opponents The Republican Party will

choose its presidential candidate at the national convention which: opens in Cleveland on June 9th. The assumption is that he must be a Westerner or Mid-Westerner, since it is taken feir granted that the Republicans cannot put up against Mr. Roosevelt a representative of the great industrial and financial interests which during the past two years have been implacably hostile to the New Deal. Senator Borah declared three months ago that the nomination would fall to him. The one thing so far certain is that it will not, though Mr. Borah will be a powerful influence at Cleveland. The strongest pre-convention candidate is Governor Alfred Landon of Kansas. Little known to the American public six months ago, he has mobilised far more support in the Press and among the delegates than is usual for a politician of his calibre. Mr. W. R. Hearst is clamorously for him. Senator Borah might come out against him ; if so, Governor Landon is lost. Colonel Frank Knox, owner of the Chicago Daily News, is active, but not dangerous. Senator Vandenberg, a mild and regular party man of Michigan, has more than a sporting chance, especially if there should be a deadlock. Mr. Borah and Mr. Hoover are the two downright enemies of the New Deal, of course from diametrically opposite points of view. The Senator will make no terms with the ex- President, but the latter has to be reckoned with.