The Nation: Eagleton's Own Odyssey

Looking relaxed and puffing Pall Malls in a San Francisco hotel suite, Thomas Eagleton last week told TIME's Donald Neff, Karsten Prager and Eleanor Hoover in his own fashion how he felt about events of the past few weeks. He began with his agonizing wait in Miami Beach for a call he was not sure would ever come: George McGovern's request that he run as the vice-presidential candidate. Finally, McGovern was on the line, made his offer and Eagleton accepted. After that, Eagleton related:

GEORGE said, "Now I'm going to turn you over to Frank...