DEMOCRATS: Not for the Exercise

The problems of what to say, and how to say it, and when, were agonizing for Adlai Stevenson. He had been brooding about this ever since that disastrous night of defeat in 1952, when he said that he was "too old to cry, and it hurt too much to laugh." As he traveled about the U.S. in 1954, speaking at Democratic rallies, loyal supporters urged him to try again. By the end of last summer he had made the decision: he would run.

In 1952, he had never said that he wanted the nomination....

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