The Nation: I Hope We've Bottomed Out'

Just before he received the Republican vice-presidential nomination, Kansas Senator Robert Dole joined TIME'S editors and other staff members for breakfast in Kansas City to talk about the President, the party and the coming campaign. Excerpts:

ON FORD AS A CAMPAIGNER. Jerry Ford's always been out helping someone else campaign. He's always had a safe district. Suddenly he's in the White House and still basically a Congressman, which isn't bad—I mean, you're more accessible. But all of a sudden he's in the big picture and running like a Congressman, still drawing for help on...

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