Only a flat, last-minute, wildly improbable turndown by the top man could have beaten him, but Richard Nixon was taking nothing for granted last week in his campaign for vice-presidential renomination. Chigger-bitten by Harold Stassen, stung by California Governor Goodwin Knight's bumblebee efforts against him (TIME, Aug. 27), Nixon spread political balm in San Francisco with a soothing hand. Like a busy doctor, he moved from room to room of his Mark Hopkins Hotel suite to talk to delegations—and before long, the traffic was so heavy that the only way the delegates...

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