POLITICAL BRIEFS: The Populist Announces

After whizzing through four states, shaking every available hand, bombarding young and old with "no hogwash" speeches, supping with financial backers and hopping with Hopi Indians in front of television cameras, Oklahoma Senator Fred Harris announced his candidacy for President in what was an anticlimax. By looking earthy and talking plain, Harris hopes to put together a "populist" coalition of society's "left-outs." He plans to enter the primaries in Florida, West Virginia, New Mexico and California, where he thinks a Populist approach may pay off. Like George McGovern, the only other announced candidate, he must be considered a back runner.


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