REPUBLICANS: Dinner & Desserts

The tables stretched from the 2.3-acre Pan-Pacific Auditorium in Los Angeles to two banquet halls in Washington's Sheraton-Park Hotel for the biggest coast-to-coast dinner in U.S. history. In 43 states, more than 100,000 Republicans turned out for 83 fund-raising "dinners with Ike," at $24 to $100 a plate, to muster up $5,000,000 for the G.O.P. campaign treasury. All got the same no-frills bill of fare ("the kind of dinner that might have been served in a Kansas home around the turn of the century," as the menu put it): "Eisenhower vegetable soup," sliced beef, corn pudding, "homemade" bread and apple...

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