THE VICE PRESIDENCY: The Realized Asset

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Many a wise old political head was wagged in pity last September when Vice President Richard Nixon put Texas on his campaign itinerary. All the signs of local politics indicated that Texas would be a Republican wasteland—and Republican campaigning for Texas' 24 electoral votes a waste of precious time. At first the old heads seemed right; Nixon spoke m Houston's Music Hall to a crowd that filled fewer than two-thirds of the 4,000 seats. But the Vice President listened as he talked, looked as he was looked at, and recommended that the G.O.P. make a real Texas try. During...

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