THE PRESIDENCY: The Politics of a Nonpolitical Speech

SMILING at the assembled leaders of all branches of the Government, Richard Nixon made a lighthearted political sally early in his State of the Union speech. "There are more candidates for the presidency in this chamber today than there probably have been at any one time in the whole history of the Republic," he said, to laughter. Actually, not all the candidates from Congress were present, but the President could scarcely avoid the eyes of two of his likely challengers in November. There, seated side by side and within a few yards...

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