The Presidency: Down The Road

THE PRESIDENCY

The Democratic National Convention is still some 16 months away, the next presidential election 20 months distant. Nonetheless, until Lyndon Johnson chooses to announce his plans for 1968, he can expect to be questioned about them at just about every press conference—as he was last week.

Marianne Means, the Hearst papers' comely White House correspondent, opened the season, reminding Johnson of a "historical precedent" unearthed by Theodore Sorensen, President Kennedy's speechwriter. None of the Vice Presidents who have occupied the White House on the death of a President, noted Sorensen, have ever sought re-election to a second consecutive full term.* Would...

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