As it shrilled to a new high last week, the will-Ike-run-again chatter changed its script. For months hopeful Democrats have been solemnly guessing that he would not, and hopeful Republicans that he would. Suddenly, pro-Ike Republicans were expressing doubt that President Eisenhower would be a candidate for a second term in 1956.

Only two were on the public record.

The Kansas City Star's President Roy Roberts, longtime friend of the President, wrote that Ike's decision "is still wide open." Maine's Senator Margaret Chase Smith told 1,700 Republican women meeting in Washington that she had the impression the President "prefers to...

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