Nation: Spiro Agnew on the Defensive

AFTER losing eleven statehouses to the Democrats in the mid-term elections, Republican Governors had some understandable reservations about their party's campaign strategy. Last week, at the semiannual G.O.P. Governors' Conference at Idaho's Sun Valley resort, they got a chance to question one of the campaign's prime architects and its loudest voice: Vice President Spiro Agnew. He journeyed to the meeting, Agnew said, "to consult with my brothers and if necessary, to debate them, and if convinced by logic, to make changes." His brothers, for the most part, found him a good deal more willing to debate than to change.

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