DEMOCRATS: I Don't Think I'll Ever Be Tentative'

One by one, the invited vice-presidential prospects made their pilgrimages to Peanutville, U.S.A. In Plains, Ga., Jimmy Carter held court. Edmund Muskie—elegant, imposing, a bit haughty but willing ("I suppose I have an appetite for almost anything in politics that is new and different"). Walter Mondale —witty, cool, eager, even though he had found that campaigning for the presidency meant he had to spend too much time in Holiday Inns ("I have checked, and they have been redecorated. That is where I would like to be"). John Glenn —a hero still, warm,...

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