The Nation: Presidential Election in '74?

Among the unique and troubling aspects of the nation's political crisis is that President Nixon's impeachment now would place in the White House for three long years a man who had not been elected to national office. Since the resignation of former Vice President Spiro Agnew three weeks ago, there have been two possible successors to Nixon on the scene: his Vice President-designate Gerald Ford, or, should Nixon's departure come before Ford is confirmed, House Speaker Carl Albert. An Administration headed by either could not fail to seem somehow less legitimate than one headed by one of a party's two candidates...

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