Spiro Agnew – Spiro Agnew was the governor of Maryland who ran as vice president with Richard Nixon in 1968. Agnew was known for his tough stands against dissidents and black militants. He strongly supported Nixon's desire to stay in Vietnam and was forced to resign in October 1973 after having been accused of accepting bribes or "kickbacks" from Maryland contractors while governor and V.P. He was replaced by Gerald Ford.
Henry Kissinger – Nixon concluded that the road out of Vietnam ran between the Soviet Union and China, who were clashing bitterly. Nixon perceived that this tension presented the US with an opportunity to play the two nations off and to enlist the aid of both in pressuring North Vietnam into peace. Kissinger, the national security advisor, reinforced these beliefs and in 1969 began meeting secretly with North Vietnamese officials in Paris to negotiate an end to the war.