REPUBLICANS: Buddy, Beware

On the eve of his announcement last week for the Republican nomination for President, Ronald Reagan phoned Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon. He would not, Reagan promised Ford, directly attack the incumbent President or do anything else that might split the party. But the next day, on a coast-to-coast TV hookup from the National Press Club in Washington, he got off at least one not so subtle whack at Ford.

With an American flag to his right and Wife Nancy sitting demurely to his left, Reagan rapidly and unemotionally read a four-minute statement that damned the...

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