THE VICE PRESIDENCY: A Have-Clout, Will-Travel Veep

It is only 2 o'clock in the afternoon, but the Vice President has already been in the Oval Office three times for private chats with his boss. At the moment, he is on the phone to a key Senator, reminding him firmly but pleasantly of the importance of a bill that seems to be in trouble. A foreign policy adviser is just leaving after discussing the ten-day trip that will take Fritz Mondale through a series of meetings this week and next with the heads of state of Portugal, Spain, Yugoslavia, Austria, Great Britain and South Africa.

Mondale will deliver...

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