DEMOCRATS: Undeclared Campaign

Launching his undeclared presidential campaign in earnest last week, Maine's Edmund Muskie flew to California and Oregon in search of two essential political commodities—campaign funds and a theme for his candidacy.

The money began flowing in reasonably well, considering that Democratic contributors are reluctant to commit themselves to one candidate so early in what may prove to be a very crowded race. After a series of private meetings with potential backers in Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco, Muskie came away with pledges that would put him over his goal for the trip: $150,000. One night, 250 guests—including...

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