THE VICE PRESIDENCY: Meet the New Agnew

As the Watergate storm swirls around him without appearing to damage him, Vice President Spiro Agnew has become a potentially more important figure than at any time since he took office. Talking with TIME Washington Correspondent Hays Gorey last week, he expressed his "total confidence" that the President was not involved in Watergate, and indicated that he could only imagine himself becoming President in 1977, if he decided to run and was elected.

Still, he was careful to put some distance, however modest, between the President and himself. He suggested that setting up the Committee for the Re-Election of the...

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