Nation: What Nixon Might Have Said

The President's harsh campaign line —in effect denouncing the Democrats as the party of permissiveness and charging them with being soft on violence —was typified in his Phoenix speech. In it, he leaned heavily on the incident during which his car was stoned by a mob in San Jose. Telecast again by the Republican National Committee on election eve, it became the party's campaign windup. Though the President sees things differently, there is considerable evidence that the speech did Republican candidates more harm than good. To many voters, the whole approach evidently suggested the rhetoric of the stump politician, not the...

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