The Nation: McCarthy Runs--Sort Of

"A formal announcement is when you do it in the Senate caucus room with your family at your side. I don't know what to call this one." With this characteristic bit of mock diffidence, Minnesota's Eugene J. McCarthy revealed at a Boston news conference late last week that he was—"de facto, de jure"—again a candidate for the presidency. The poet, professor and paladin of politics also confirmed that he had assented to the establishment of a McCarthy-for-President committee in Massachusetts.

The ex-Senator, however, said that he had not yet decided whether to enter the Massachusetts primary in April. Vague as ever,...

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