The Nation: The Style of the Contenders

WHATEVER strategies they follow, whatever the computers and the charts and the polls tell them, the candidates have to fall back, in the end, on their own instincts of what works with the voter. Speeches are one thing, but style is more crucial—intuitive and indefinable as it is. Each of the current crop of candidates is marked by a political cadence peculiarly his own. Brief profiles of the most notable contenders:

EDMUND MUSKIE. If he has any new approaches to the issues, he is keeping them to himself. He is asking voters to have confidence in him—and confidence he projects. Slightly aloof...

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