REPUBLICANS: Lay It on the Line

The telephone rang in Vice President Richard Nixon's Washington office. Over the wire came the voice of Dwight Eisenhower, who wanted to talk about the speech Nixon would make that afternoon at Ike's Gettysburg farm. There 650 Republican leaders from every state would gather for the formal launching of the 1956 campaign. "Lay it on the line, Dick," said the President. "Let's get a little tough with those people."

Nixon promptly threw away his prepared speech notes and set to work anew, aware that the telephone call had signaled a turning point in the campaign: Ike is through turning the Republican...

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