The Nation: Gut Campaigning

Strange are the things a candidate will stomach to win a few votes. Consider the fortitude of Roman ("Pooch") Pucinski, the Democratic Illinois Congressman who is waging an uphill battle to unseat first-term Republican Senator Charles Percy.

Arriving at Loyola University in Chicago for a "rap session," the silver-haired Democrat found that his audience had been lured away by a campus goldfish-swallowing contest. "The student chairman was very apologetic," says Pucinski, "and we went to the contest to announce that I was there." Upon his appearance, the students began chanting, "Eat a fish! Eat a fish!" Never one to ignore an opening,...

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