Nation: THE CANDIDATES UP CLOSE

Two-thirds of his way through the presidential campaign, TIME Correspondents Hays Gorey, who had been covering Hubert Humphrey's campaign, and Simmons Fentress, who had been following Nixon, exchanged assignments. They then met in Manhattan to compare their impressions of the two candidates and their campaigns. Excerpts from their dialogue:

Gorey: After watching the wild, rushing quality of Humphrey's campaign, Nixon's seems like clockwork. Humphrey is about as susceptible to programming as the Marx Brothers.

Fentress: You do get the feeling that Nixon's campaign is as carefully planned as the Normandy invasion, and often the price is a feeling of contrivance. When he was...

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