Nation: Somebody's Waiting for You

When Arizona Congressman Morris Udall was campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1976, a Secret Service agent advised him not to visit a crowded fraternal hall in Wisconsin. A patron had told the agent that there was a man at the bar carrying a concealed pistol. Recalled Udall: "I went ahead, but I looked into every face and wondered, 'Is this going to be the one?' " Udall told this story not as an example of courage—or foolhardiness—but to illustrate how little effect the danger of assassination has had on presidential candidates' behavior, even after two decades of violence that...

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