The Press: The Sidebar Convention

The candidate was not talking and his aides did not know. So the 5,500 reporters competing for scoops at the Madison Square Garden love-in were unable to find out in advance the identity of Jimmy Carter's running mate. Except for Gilbert Giles. By following up a tip from an associate of Edmund Muskie who was privy to the Maine Senator's pre-convention discussions with Carter, Giles made a shrewd guess and beat the rest of the press by a full day on the convention's one big newsbreak. IT'S OFFICIAL: MONDALE/CAR-TER! crowed the front-page headline....

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