The Nation: Edward Kennedy: Now the Hope

SOMETIMES it was difficult to tell who the Democratic presidential candidate was, George McGovern or Edward Kennedy. Whenever Kennedy appeared with McGovern, the crowd invariably doubled. Time and again, cheering spectators would brush past the nominee to gush over an embarrassed Ted. McGovern had trouble articulating bread-and-butter issues for man-in-the-street Democrats—a task that comes easy for Kennedy. While living with impending defeat this fall, Democrats dreamed of victory next time with Ted. No wonder that before the final votes were counted, Kennedy was being touted for 1976.

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