VICE PRESIDENCY: A Rush to Judgment on Gerald Ford

The hearings had originally been scheduled to be protracted affairs—the House's lasting until mid-December and the Senate's stretching on until early 1974. Congress wanted to take plenty of time to check out the record of Gerald Ford, the nominee of Richard Nixon to become the next Vice President.

Then came the uproar over the firing of Archibald Cox and the spreading realization that the President could resign or be impeached. Suddenly, leisurely hearings were a luxury that the Congress—and the nation—could not afford. Last week there was a sharp crackle of urgency in the air when the Senate Rules...

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