The Democratic party had a trick up their sleeve to show the population faith in their party and hopefully win more votes for Van Buren. They started fully funding education. At the same time they raised tariffs to create a positive revenue for the nation. Keeping to Van Buren's beliefs they kept the tariffs small as possible while still making money. At the same time they evaluated the American economy and decided to shut down the fabric industry in southern New England because America could not, at the time, supply the industry with the needed materials and European cloth was seen as far better than American as well.
Within two weeks the changes proved to have drastic results on the campaign. Although no one would have ever seen this coming. The Whigs had lost all notable support among the American people and the American Party was down to 34.82% of the vote. Democratic support went up 6.26% to a total of 28.57%. The unexpected part was the surge of a new party.
Thomas Hart Benton
Thomas Hart Benton was an interesting character. An ardent campaigner for westward expansion and hard currency he was popular with the lower classes and the farmers. From Tennessee he moved to Missouri to leave the shadow of Jackson. And once again in 1836 he moved to step out of the shadow of Jackson, this time it was to leave the Democratic party and throw his lot in with the Liberty party. The Liberty party was the party of the Abolitionists, and now with a man such as Benton at its head the Liberty party took an lead in American politics if only for a short time. Riding on the platforms of westward expansion, hard currency, and the abolition of slavery the Liberty party hoped to reach the white house.
As their support dwindled the Whig party did not sit still, they started campaigning harder then ever. Harrison traveled the country by every means possible appearing at rallies and giving speeches. Out of desperation his campaign started turning into a show of how he was the only person going into office that could protect America from Europe. The party also dropped all comparisons to Jackson thinking that hurt their campaign. At the moment the Whig party was down but anyone who thought they were out was a fool.
The American party was trying very hard to reverse this new downwards trend and fight their way back to the top. Webster knew this fight would be a lot harder then many in his party thought and while he vowed to continue the fight he did not think he could win. With his known opposition of nullification it was very doubtful that he would gain many southern supporters and with the Liberty party professing abolition and westward expansion they were almost sure to win the West. That left New England, a place he faced Van Buren and his large support in New York as well as the Abolitionists who would surely vote for the Liberty party. Webster was left feeling that he would watch the white house slip through his fingers and travel farther and farther away. He was now regretting the fact that he left the Whigs, had he stayed the Whigs would have a much larger support base and Harrison could win and he would have had a shot at the presidency when Harrison stepped down in 8 years.