DEMOCRATS: Adlai Gets the Word

In Manhattan Adlai Stevenson sat at the desk in his Savoy-Plaza Hotel room and labored over a speech for Minnesota delivery later in the week. Through a connecting doorway, Stevenson could see staffers huddled around a television set (its audio turned low so as not to disturb him, watching Arthur Godfrey's morning program and awaiting the network break-in that would bring word of President Eisenhower's press conference). Until the news broke, Stevenson believed that Ike would not run again. Yet Stevenson was the candidate for the Democratic nomination most favorably affected by Eisenhower's yes.

With Eisenhower as the Republican entry,...

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