The United States presidential election of 1932 took place against the backdrop of the Great Depression. PresidentHerbert Hoover's popularity was falling as voters felt he was unable to reverse the country's economic collapse. Joe Steele used Hoover's perceived failure as a platform for his own election, promising a policy called the Four Year Plan to jumpstart the economy. Steele won in a landslide, and began to slowly accumulate power to the executive branch at the expense of the legislative and judicial.
Hoover's lack of charisma hurt him, particularly when compared with the relentless campaign machine Steele brought to bear. Steele's down-to-earth facade and his promise of the Four Year Plan appealed to the working class, and Steele defeated Hoover in a landslide, carrying states Democrats hadn't won in generations. Steele's coattails won a solid majority for the Democrats in Congress.