THE CAMPAIGN: The Issue of McGovern

MARCHING forth from Miami Beach last July, George McGovern and his men believed that by Oct. 1 they would be closing in on Richard Nixon, savaging him with the war and that Democratic standby, the economy. Most of all, the McGovernites calculated, the issue of 1972 would be Nixon the man—the old "tricky" image, the used-car dealer, the walking credibility crisis. The irony is that the election so far is turning not on Nixon's character and credibility but on McGovern's.

The problem incenses and bewilders McGovern. He told a LIFE interviewer, "Inside,...

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