THE NATION: The Campaign Ahead

If the coming campaign pits Jack Kennedy against Richard Nixon, as most pundits and politicos are assuming, the struggle will be close and hard fought. Despite the U.S.'s overall 3-to-2 Democratic leanings, public opinion polls show Nixon and Kennedy running about even.

The Gallup poll, for example, gave Kennedy a 51-49 edge over Nixon before the summit collapse, now gives Nixon a 51-49 edge over Kennedy. Both men are able speechmakers and hardy campaigners, with youthful energy (Nixon is 47, Kennedy 43), and plenty of political talent. Each has a staff of...

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