REPUBLICANS: The Big Decision

The words sizzled over the press wires like electric shock impulses, and the reaction to them was as startled as if the word had come from Mars, not Albany, N.Y. Said the statement of Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller: "I am not, and shall not be, a candidate for nomination for the Presidency." Through the Statehouse in Albany, through the lower levels of the elaborate Rockefeller political headquarters on Manhattan's West 55th Street, in G.O.P. headquarters in Washington, and on out along the political circuit, the first reaction was one of disbelief.

True, the ebullient, fast-moving Governor of New York had reserved...

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