Vice President Richard Nixon had a tough and unwanted assignment: he had to defend the Administration and the President against Adlai Stevenson's criticism, and, in passing, he had to reprove Joe McCarthy and take account of McCarthy's gutter tactics. Nixon handled the assignment with dignity and dispatch. He and the President had agreed in advance, he said, "that this issue is too important to answer in kind with a rip-roaring political tirade before a cheering partisan audience."

Charge No. 1. The Vice President spoke without a prepared text, from nine penciled sheets of notes on yellow, lined paper. He sat...

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