THE CAMPAIGN: When Their Power Failed

With no strong issues really gripping the public, with a great deal of apathy hanging over the voters, the '76 presidential contest has become mostly a test of personality and character. Just which man—Gerald Ford or Jimmy Carter—has the temper, courage, determination and cool to lead the nation? The answer was supposed to be forthcoming in the much-anticipated first presidential debate of 1976. It turned out to be an underwhelming event, the debate in which the power failed and in which neither man gained a...

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