Nation: President Ike Liked a Mike

But only now and then

In the transcript of a conversation in the Oval Office, Richard Nixon comes off as alternately aggressive and defensive, attacking the Democrats and then justifying his own campaign tactics. Just another snippet of dialogue from the White House tapes that unwound Nixon's presidency? No, the conversation was taped on June 29, 1954, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who told then Vice President Nixon that his ''castigation'' of the Democrats was damaging the Administration's efforts to achieve a bipartisan foreign policy.

According to a 45-page sheaf of transcripts uncovered last month at the Eisenhower Library in Abilene, Kans., by...

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