VICE PRESIDENCY: Growing in Stature

The Senators and Congressmen who know Jerry Ford well—and there are scores who do—never really questioned his integrity as a man or a politician when the hearings began to confirm his nomination as Vice President. But real doubts remained on both sides of Capitol Hill about Ford's independence of mind and, more important, his strength and vision as a leader if he should ever become President.

Last week, obviously convinced that they were dealing with an honest man, the members of the Senate's Rules Committee turned from the subject of Ford's finances and questioned him at length about his...

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