Nation: The Importance of Being Muskie

On the eve of this month's elections, Maine's Senator Edmund Sixtus Muskie, 56, delivered a coolly effective TV rebuttal to the Nixon-Agnew campaign. The speech thrust Muskie far ahead of half a dozen other Democratic possibilities for the 1972 nomination. TIME Correspondent Hays Gorey talked with the front runner:

A NEWSPAPER contains an editorial cartoon that shows him evolving into Abraham Lincoln. It is rather heady stuff. Over a cup of coffee, Ed Muskie laughs. The comparison is familiar now. and, as Muskie knows, mildly ridiculous. With a shy grin, he comments: "You know,...

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