The Nation: Men Behind a Front Runner

The pace of a presidential campaign is almost guaranteed to upset stomachs and strain marriages of the men closest to the candidates, and Jimmy Carter's top aides are not immune. They spend weeks away from their homes in the South, crisscrossing the nation and working 18-hour days under extreme pressure. Only rarely do they all get together with the candidate at his campaign headquarters in a modern office building on Atlanta's Peachtree Street. Usually they must confer with him by phone or on the run—in the brief privacy of an auto, an elevator or a motel room.

But the Carter aides...

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