Ohio Republicans had told Senator Bob Taft last summer that they were ready to go all-out for him for the presidency. Would he please let them know before Nov. 1 whether he wanted the job? Last week, with a few days to spare, Bob Taft said he did.

He had made his inspection tour of the West and it seemed to him that the race was "wide open." He would not himself enter any state primaries, but he would not bar other people from entering him. "After the Senate meets I shall seldom be able to leave Washington," he...

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