National Affairs: The Candidate

After an early-morning flight from Albany to Washington, a 4O-minute talk with President Eisenhower, a news conference, and a New England boiled dinner in the Senate dining room, New York's Governor Nelson Rockefeller stood outside the U.S. Capitol, posed for camera-carrying tourists, shook hands with everybody who passed by, finally swabbed off his brow and sighed: "Gee, does every Governor go through this?" The answer to that one was: No, only those who are running for President—and last week Nelson Rockefeller was running hard.

Before his arrival in Washington, Rocky had to rid himself of an embarrassment. In hotel-suite conversations at the...

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