(17-09-2014 11:32 AM)Chas Wrote: He was president for 7 years, having served the bulk of McKinley's term. When he was elected in his own right, he publicly stated he wouldn't seek another term.
He later bitterly regretted that statement.
When he ran as the Progressive candidate in 1912, he split the Republican vote, giving the Democrat Woodrow Wilson the presidency.
Yes, and? He lost his 1912 because he failed to tailor Taft to his own liking and because he realized the consumer-manufacturer split was a losing battle for the presidency. That argument was then the platform for his new party, which successfully split the Republican Party.