Star Turn for the Gipper

In the long-running MX drama, Reagan overcomes the critics

Ronald Reagan and the MX missile, the political equivalent of Yul Brynner and The King and I, played another engagement last week, and the staging was as impressive as ever. Olive-drab Army buses wound down Pennsylvania Avenue, ferrying more than 100 members of Congress to the White House for a last- minute patriotic pitch from the Gipper. Chief Arms Control Negotiator Max Kampelman made a special guest appearance, jetting home from the Geneva arms talks to add diplomatic luster to Reagan's argument that a vote in the House against the MX would weaken America's bargaining position with the Soviets. Backstage, top...

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