At the President's press conference came the inevitable death-watch question: Had Vice President Richard Nixon yet told Ike whether he wanted to run again? Replied President Eisenhower: "No." But the President did not have long to wait. Next day Dick Nixon made what was—despite volumes of editorial cliff-hanging—the most predictable announcement of the year.

Nixon slipped into the White House by a side door at about 3 p.m., conferred briefly with the President, later faced newsmen with Press Secretary James Hagerty at his side. Said Nixon: "I informed the President that in the...

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