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Denies Kissinger Will Be Replaced

The White House today rejected a suggestion by Rogers C.B. Morton, President Ford’s campaign manager, that Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger probably will be replaced if Ford is elected in November. According to, reports, Morton told a closed-door meeting of California Republicans in San Jose Saturday that Kissinger’s removal at present would be “bad politics.” Presidential hews secretary Ron Nessen reminded reporters that Ford had said Kissinger “can stay on as long as he wants to” while, he said, “I am President.” According to one report. Morton’s remark that Kissinger might not be around long “brought the house down. That’s what every body wanted to hear.”