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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 21, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, Augutt 21, 1974 LETHBRIDQE HERALD VPpost step in upward climb for Rockefeller ALBANY, N Y (AP) "The vice-president is standby equip- Nelson A Rockefeller used to say "I don't think I'm cut out to be a No 2 type of a guy But that was when Rockefeller was a candidate for the presidency, back in 1964 and 1968 Owner of tremendous wealth, twice-married Rockefeller, 66, could retire to great estates if he so desired He has a vast ranch deep in the mountains of Venezuela, an estate at Seal Harbor, Me with a fleet of yachts, an apartment in New York City filled with art works and an estate in Westchester County with an underground art gallery, two swimming pools and private golf course But Rockefeller yearns for political achievement He has not ruled out the possibility that he may stand for president in 1976 when he would be 68 Still, nobody who watched the multimillionaire's career as governor of New York could deny that he does not appear to be "cut out to be a No 2 type of a and that might make his tenure in the vice-presidency interesting Relished power For 15 eventful years, Rockefeller dominated the state's politics and government like a titan He obviously relished the power he acquired and took zestful pride in the things he ac- complished Through it all he kept his eye on yet more job in the White House When he resigned as governor last December, he appeared to place himself in position for one more try at the White House in 1976 If he succeeds, he would be older than any man ever elected president He left the governorship and the difficult task of retaining it this November to Malcolm Wilson, his tireless and loyal lieu- tenant-governor Rockefeller went off to head the Commission on Critical Choices Americans, which he set up and financed to study emerging world and national problems The commission was to give him a platform for travel and speaking engagements across the country From those, he hoped he would emerge as the man most likely to lead a Re- publican party demoralized by Watergate to victory in 1976 Prospects change But a presidential resignation got in the way When Richard Nixon gave up the White House to Gerald Ford, he made Ford the almost certain Republican nominee for 1976 Should Ford choose not to run his vice-president would be the likeliest candidate In either case the country s No 2 job ac- quired an attractiveness for Rockefeller it had not previously possessed Much of the debate leading up to the selection of a vice-presi dent focused on conservatives' allegations that Rockefeller is too liberal for a Republican administration, and on his defend- ers assertions that he had become more conservative in recent years But if his record as governor is any indication, he was never an ideological liberal and is not an ideological conservative The central thread that ran through his actions was ideas, big promises, big spending, big than any fixed concepts or approaches In the early years, he identified housing and water pollution as big problems Later, he identified drug related crime and the rising cost of welfare as major issues Rockefeller entered New York politics in 1956, as chairman of a commission that was considering revisions in the state con- stitution In 1958, when he seemed eager to run against popular Democratic Governor Averrell Harnman in what was deemed a bad year for Republicans, the state GOP leaders decided to give him a chance Rockefeller one of the world s richest men, surprisingly turned out to be an ebullient and even folksy campaigner, and he won an upset victory He won re-election in and 1970 Rockefeller considered his greatest accomplishment as governor the growth of the State University of New York In 1958 the university consisted of 41 campuses with full- time students By 1973 it had become the country's largest state university campuses and almost students Took big steps He took pride in his environmental record In 1966 Rockefel- ler pushed through the country s first state bond issue to provide money to build sewage treatment plants to clean up the state's rivers In 1973 he won legislative approval of a sweeping plan to put sharp restrictions on future growth and development in the Adirondacks the wild mountainous territory occupying most of the northeastern handle of the state Rockefeller kept welfare benefits in the state high, added to a range of ancillary services In 1967 he launched the first stage agency to rehabilitate drug addicts in 1968 he fathered the multi-billion-dollar Urban Development Corp armed with extraordinary powers to bypass local zoning laws and revitalize slum-ridden urban areas He signed the country's first abortion-on-demand statute Perhaps most indicative of his personality, he began some- thing called the Empire State Plaza, which critics saw as the ultimate expression of his "bigness and which Rock- efeller called the "most magnificant government centre in America A 96-acre, marblecovered sprawl of office towers, the plaza is to be the centre of state offices for years to come At 5 billion it has been described as the most expensive single construction project in world history Through all of this, Rockefeller more than quadrupled the state was 9 billion when he took office and 8 bil- lion when he left Seen as liberal Until his fourth and final term as governor of New York, Rockefeller was generally described as a Republican Lib- breed that has not fared well in a party dominated by such conservatives as Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona former president Richard Nixon and President Gerald Ford But in his last term, the governor seemed to move to the right He introduced crackdowns on welfare cheats, approved the country s stiffest drug-pushing penalties and kept himself from alienating the party's faithful on Watergate issue which finally drove his old political foe Richard Nixon from for Rockefeller "a tragedy of individuals His statements on Watergate were sparse He definitely kept in the background on the issue He now is seen by many Republicans as one of the party's few untainted elder statesmen Few in the party can match his skill in foreign affairs, his administrative experience or his knowledge of domestic needs But there is one glaring blot, his opponents say, on his record as governor of New handling of the 1971 not at Attica state prison in upstate New York About prison inmates grabbed control of part of the prison and held guards as hostage as they outlined a list of reform demands Their requests included one that the governor visit the in- stitution personally to discuss their demands Instead, he ap- proved orders for troops to storm the prison In the ensuing battle 40 men, including many of the hostages were killed EATON'S Stock up on boys' underwear and socks for back-to-school Nylon corduroy rib sock Hard-wearing Easy to launder Plain shades of blue, coffee navy or avocado One 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