Nation: WHO FOR NO. 2?

The polls showed he could add mil lions to the Democratic vote total.

Party leaders were virtually begging him to run for Vice President. Family tradition indicated an acceptance of the challenge, whatever the cost. Yet last week Edward Moore Kennedy ended the drama by ruling himself out of competition for 1968. "It is impossible," he said in a formal statement. "My reasons are purely personal. They arise from the change in my personal situation and responsibilities as a result of the event of last month."

Kennedy's "final, firm" decision will probably succeed in discouraging...

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