The Nation: Ford: 'It's Much Better to Go In as an Underdog'

Flying home on Air Force One from his encouraging visit to the Mississippi delegates in Jackson, President Ford relaxed with a martini at his side and a pipe in his hand and talked politics with TIME White House Correspondent Strobe Talbott. His thoughts:

Q. How do you assess the impact of the Schweiker announcement on your own prospects for nomination?

A. We had 1,135 votes before the Schweiker announcement. I'm certain that since then our total has gone up. We can't be precise on how many, but I know it is rather significant.

Q. Even [Ford Consultant] Clifton White has conceded that you had...

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