THE VICE PRESIDENCY: A Confirmation Fight Shapes Up

Nelson Rockefeller found himself in a cruel predicament last week. Despite his long record of public service and philanthropy, insinuating leaks had ended any hope that his confirmation as Vice President would be a routine anointment. Instead, a long and partisan squabble was shaping up in Congress, and there seemed to be little that Rockefeller or the Ford Administration could do to head it off.

In the midst of his political troubles, Rockefeller announced that his wife was undergoing surgery for removal of a cancerous breast. It was a startling and melancholy...

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