The Nation: Politics: The G.O.P Gears for '72

TO kick off what will be the most lavishly financed presidential campaign in American history, the Republicans staged a warmup set of spectaculars last week. The star of the shows of course was Richard Nixon. In the space of seven hours, he spoke at $500-a-plate dinners in both New York City and Chicago. Closed-circuit TV carried the festivities to 18 other cities, where such Republican luminaries as John Wayne, Jackie Gleason, Art Linkletter and Martha Mitchell played deferential host. It was the President's evening; even Martha spoke for only two minutes.

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