REPUBLICANS: Against the Field

At a casual glance, Vice President Richard Nixon seemed to be a man enviably in command of his own immediate political situation. He was the unchallenged contender for the Republican presidential nomination, with the blessing of the man he hopes to succeed in the White House. No doubtful primary elections impeded his path of progress toward the Republican National Convention in July; no serious rivals for his party's top honor stood in his way. But last week, twelve weeks before the convention, Dick Nixon's command of the situation was a questionable honor: it left him fighting almost single-handed against the...

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