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Vice Presidents

August 29, 1988

In his speech, seconding the nomination of George Bush for president, Sen. Phil Gramm (R-Texas) called him "the greatest vice president this nation ever had." While that assertion might garner Gramm some brownie points for artistic hyperbole in campaign rhetoric, it would also get him a few demerits for his half-hearted historical research.

There is a whole catalogue of vice presidential names that would challenge Gramm's term, "the greatest"--and I list here just a few: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, John C. Calhoun, Millard Fillmore, Andrew Johnson, Adlai E. Stevenson, Theodore Roosevelt, Harry Truman, etc.

HARRY CIMRING

Los Angeles

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