Republicans: The Lost Leader

While Democratic presidential candidates thronged to the race, Republican contenders seemed more concerned with getting out. Last week, only 22 days after Michigan's Governor George Romney bowed out of the run, Nelson Rockefeller abruptly and all but finally removed himself from contention.

"Quite frankly," declared the New York Governor to a nationwide television au dience, "I find it clear at this time that a considerable majority of the party's leaders want the candidacy of former Vice President Richard Nixon."

Rockefeller's decision to "reiterate unequivocally" his noncandidacy jolted not only his own staff,...

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