A Letter From The Publisher: Oct. 7, 1966

"WHICH party does he belong to?" The whispered question came from Painter Marion Pike as she arrived for the first sitting with Ronald Reagan. It seemed odd that she should ask, in the midst of the heated California political campaign, but so far as the cover was concerned, the answer really did not matter. In selecting the cover subject in any given campaign situation, TIME'S editors consider party affiliation a more or less incidental matter. The decision depends largely on which candidate has introduced a new and interesting element into the political picture....

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