THE NATION: Campaign of Issues

In gentler times an American political campaign was, in peacetime, something of a summer frolic, decked in bunting and confetti, full of oratorical balloon ascensions, baby-kissing, and free beer for everybody. The outside world learned to forgo any serious business and to watch with amused tolerance for the duration. In the taut days of 1960, the American political campaign is something quite different—a serious debate treating soberly the great issues that will affect the whole of mankind, enacted before the eyes of an anxious world.

Last week President Eisenhower officially opened the Republican campaign of 1960, pounding home the point...

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