The candidate strode into the presidential room of the Statler Hotel in Washington amid the handclaps and cheers of 1,500 Republican women. Huge color pictures of Eisenhower and Nixon dominated the throng, surmounted by a blue and white banner that read PEACE—PROSPERITY—PROGRESS. "This is a great and glorious day for the Republican women," cried Miss Bertha Adkins of the Republican National Committee, her black sweater bedecked by an IKE diamond clip. "We're going to fight and fight hard for your victory." The candidate smiled warmly and made a few informal remarks:

"Bertha and ladies," he said, "it is always for...

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