THE CAMPAIGN: The First Whiffs of Grapeshot

Following his doctor's orders, Jerry Ford took it easy last week. At his hideaway in the Rocky Mountain resort of Vail, Colo., the President golfed, swam and partied with friends. As the days slipped by, Ford looked tanned, rested and confident—and with some reason.

Already buoyed by his hard-fought triumph over Ronald Reagan, the President got some good news from the first polls taken after the Republican Convention in Kansas City. Gallup showed Ford trailing Jimmy Carter by only 39% to 49%; in July, after the Democratic revival meeting in Manhattan, Gallup had Ford behind by a dismal...

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