Nation: Where Did He Get Those Figures?

G.O.P. front runner seems to pluck facts from thin air

Peter Hannaford, a graying California public relations executive, looked perturbed. There stood his longtime friend and star client, Ronald Reagan, addressing a crowd of 2,000 cheering supporters at a convention hall in Kansas City, Mo., last week, and he was using those same old figures about John Kennedy's "30% tax cut." Said Reagan: "In the very first year, the Government got $5.8 billion more in total revenue."

Just offstage, Hannaford collared a young Reagan aide, the only researcher traveling with the Reagan campaign team. "Where...

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