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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 4

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4-Algona (la.) Upper Det Moines Tuesday, March 12, 1968 WASHINGTON Merry-Go-Round WASHINGTON-The real reason George Romney abruptly retrieved his hat from the Presidential ring, according to his closest confidants, was the discovery that Nelson Rockefeller was using him. The Michigan governor, who places a high premium on personal honor, told confidants fiercely that he did not intend to become a stalking horse for Rockefeller. Romney's decision, no doubt, was also influence by his poor showing in the New Hampshire polls. However, it is against his nature to quit, and he had resolved earlier to continue his fight for the Republican nomination no matter what the New Hampshire outcome. He had been given what he felt was Rockefeller's "sacred pledge" to support him up to the final vote at the GOP convention. Evidence that Rockefeller couldn't keep this "sacred pledge" -more than the discouraging news from New Hampshire - led to Romney's withdrawal. From the first, Romney had offered to abandon his own personal ambition and back Rockefeller if the latter wanted to run. Both had agreed that the moderates must unite behind a single candidate or risk a conservative takeover of the party again, as in 1964. Rockefeller insisted that he had been emotionally drained of any desire to become President. Once his wife Happy interjected: "We're not going down that road again." She referred to Rockefeller's experience at the 1964 convention when he faced a hall full of hostile, howling, conservative delegates who booed, hissed and yelled obscenities at him. Some had leaped on their chairs, angrily waving dollar bills when he tried to speak. - o - - ROCKY FOR ROCKY?- Reports began to leak back to Romney, however, that Rockefeller was quietly assessing his own convention strength. In one confidential conversation, Rockefeller told a trusted adviser that he thought eleven of the Republican governors would support him for the nomination. Rockefeller's recent statement in Detroit that he would accept a draft was the last straw. Romney interpreted this to mean that Rockefeller couldn't keep the pledge to support him to the end. Romney already was sensitive to the charge that he was a stalking horse for Rockefeller. Suddenly he found himself in precisely that situation. This coincided with the depressing polls in New Hampshire; so, without consulting Rockefeller, the Michigan governor announced his decision to withdraw. The Rockefeller forces^ as soon as they got wind of Romney's intention, tried to persuade him to stay in the race. This word was passed by George Hinman, Rockefeller's chief political adviser, to Leonard Hall, whom Rockefeller had persuaded to serve as Romney's campaign manager. DREW PEARSON But Romney's mind was made up. He also felt an obligation to rush out an announcement before the governors met last week in Washington, so the GOP governors could use the occasion to seek another candidate. His announcement threw the conference into turmoil. In the "smoke-filled" back rooms, Rhode Island's Gov. John Chafee urged the adoption of a resolution calling upon Rockefeller to run. This was also pushed in the back rooms by Oregon's Gov. Tom McCall. Rockefeller himself met with his brother Winthrop, Maryland's Agnew, and adviser Hinman. They agreed it would be a mistake to seek a statement of support from the governors, who could hardly commit themselves without consulting their own political advisers at home. Rockefeller repeated his estimate that he could expect the support of eleven governors. Agnew predicted that before the convention they could line up eighteen. If the governors failed to unite behind a candidate, it was agreed, they would cease to be an effective voice inside the party and may as well abdicate to the Congressional wing of the party. Agreeing with this, Rockefeller made it clear he would not become a candidate unless the majority of GOP governors endorsed him. It seems likely that they will do so. - o - - DEPOSED WAR LORD - Of the four South Vietnamese war lords, the most controversial was Vinh Loc, recently fired as corps commander. At six-feet-two, he is a giant among a race of small men. His appearance is as impressive as his height. He is handsome, dashing, debonair. From the blue silk scarf tucked in at the neck to his polished black paratrooper boots, he is the Douglas Mac Arthur of Vietnam. In the central highlands, Vinh Loc has been supreme. His troops, among the best in the country, have enforced his will throughout the second corps area. It is still a question whether he will bow to Saigon's will. His dismissal was ordered after repeated complaints from American authorities that he was siphoning off U.S. aid into his own pocket. Vinh Loc candidly discussed his powers as a potentate and the charges of corruption against him. He spoke in English with a tantalizing, appealing accent, dramatizing each point with expressive gestures and facial contortions. Now and then, he leaped to his feet, strode to a wall map and struck some feature in his territory with a long, black pointer. "I wear two hats," he explained. "My first hat is military commander. I have a second hat as governor of my corps area. That is why they call me war lord. It is better to call me overlord." He explained that all the province and district chiefs were military officers. "How to deal with these people if I am not military?" he asked with a shrug of his facial muscles. - o - EXASPERATING RED TAPE "If you wait until the wheels of government turn," he added, referring to the Saigon government, "it is so far, so long. Many decisions you must make right away instead of sending notes to Saigon and getting answers four or five weeks later." In wartime, he said, "We need decisions right away. There is no time to wait for Saigon. I command; I hit the enemy; I solve the problems. So people will have confidence in me, so people will run to me." He reconsidered his objection to being called a war lord. "I think," he said, smiling engagingly, "war lord instead of bad nickname is good nickname. I like Uiis very much, because we are making war." He recognized that "democratic people are afraid of such powers," but recalled that Congress had granted President Roosevelt special wartime powers during World War II. "It takes a dictator to run a war," Vinh Loc declared. "We need war lords who can deal right away with the problems. If the problems are not solved, the people will listen to the communists." Is your office furniture In sad shape? Look over the new of flee desks, chairs, files and safes at the Office Supply Dept. of THE UPP.ER DBS MOINES. Look 'Em Over! 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