REPUBLICANS: Back to Normal

Ike said no.

The renunciation was almost without precedent in U.S. political history. For months the Eisenhower star had risen steadily in the public-opinion polls. As a potential Republican nominee, he was the only candidate in sight who seemed to have a sure chance of beating President Harry Truman. But last week General Ike abruptly took himself out of the race.

He did it in an 802-word letter to Leonard V. Finder, a New Hampshire newspaper publisher, who had urged Ike to accept a draft call. Though it took him 790 words more...

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