Brazil: The Early Bird

The convention hall in Sao Paulo rocked to thunderous chants of "La-cer-da! La-cer-da!" Brazil's revolution was only six months old, and new presidential elections are not scheduled until Nov. 3, 1966. But Carlos Lacerda, 50, the mercurial Governor of Guanabara (Rio) State, is off and running full tilt for the presidency. Accepting the unanimous nomination of his National Democratic Union, Lacerda immediately boarded a campaign "Train of Hope" for a whistle-stop tour of 18 towns, standing on the back platform and fervently promising "a land of tranquillity, a government which functions without fear of demagoguery, without fear of dictators."


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