Nation: Nixon v. Kennedy in '72?

MOST likely to succeed in winning the Democratic nomination in 1972? Edmund Muskie­everyone knows that. Everyone, that is, but the sole Republican contender. After scouting the opposition last week, Richard Nixon told his staff and most intimate political friends that he expects to run against Edward Kennedy.

Muskie, said the President, is "the George Romney of the Democratic Party." Romney seemed to be in a commanding position after the 1966 election, but faded even before the 1968 primary season was seriously under way. Nixon said that Muskie's candidacy, too, would not stand up under the extended attention of press and public. Hubert...

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