POLITICS: The Growing Challenge of Reagan

Gerald Ford, the nonelected President, has crisscrossed the country for months in a forlorn attempt to build a constituency among Republicans that would guarantee him the party's nomination in 1976. Last week former Treasury Secretary John Connally said publicly what other astute political experts have been saying privately for weeks: Ford's campaigning has been a "political mistake." Instead of building support, the forays have demonstrated his critical inability to inspire and stir up the voters. His failure has given new impetus to the candidacy of former California Governor Ronald Reagan.

Long Shot. Ford...

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