REPUBLICANS: Nixon on the Line

The one member of the Eisenhower Administration with the most to lose by getting into the budget battle was Vice President Richard Milhous Nixon. As Ike's hand-picked running mate in 1956, Nixon was already conceded to be the presidential choice of Eisenhower Republicans for 1960. Conceivably he could have courted anti-budget Republican conservatives as well by withdrawing into a convenient Vice President's shell and letting the battle rage around him. Instead, Nixon marched out to be shelled, last month ably defended Ike's budget before no less an antagonist than the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (which proudly takes credit for...

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