THE VICE PRESIDENCY: Nixon Declares an Encore for Spiro

THE American vice presidency has become the most important do-nothing job in the world. In this century, fully one-third of the elected Vice Presidents have, through tragedy or election in their own right, ascended eventually to the White House. With the odds heavily favoring his reelection, Richard Nixon, it could be argued, faced no decision more important than his choice of running mate. Last week he made his choice, and to many, friends as well as foes, he seemed for once to have reneged on the principle he espouses in so many...

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