Speculation on a possible successor to Vice President Agnew raises the question of how much weight President Nixon places on his choice of a stand-in vice president.
Nixon could use this opportunity to try to handpick his own 1976 successor, but some political analysts predict he will choose a figure who is "above politics," and who would exit from the political arena at the end of Nixon's terms.
Speculation has not yet focused on a specific leader for the post, but Republicans across the country yesterday cited as strong possibilities New York Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller, Sen. Barry M. Goldwater (R.-Ariz.), Sen. Charles H. Percy (R.-Ill.), John B. Connally, former Governor of Texas and a new face in the Republican party, and California Governor Ronald Reagan.
Others mentioned were: Atty. General Elliot L. Richardson '41; Henry Cabot Lodge '23, Nixon's 1960 running mate, and Governor Francis Sargent.