What did the postions of the candidates in the 1912 election reveal about the range of progressive reform ideas?
The main thing that these positions revealed is that the progressives were relatively united as to their goals but were not united as to the means by which those goals should be pursued.
The candidates in this election had generally the same goals. All of them wanted to reduce the influence of businesses. All of them wanted to prevent monopolies from using their power to the detriment of the people. But the candidates (particularly Roosevelt and Wilson) did not agree on how this should happen. Roosevelt wanted more government intervention in the economy on an ongoing basis. Wilson wanted the government to break the monopolies and then stop regulating the economy. In this way, the candidates had the same general goals but different ideas about how to accomplish them.