THE CANDIDATES: THE FORD-CARTER CHARACTER TEST

The meanings people find in the ink patterns of a Rorschach test reveal their personality. Americans have been intently studying, as they would Rorschach patterns, the images of Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter—not to find out about themselves, but about the candidates. The first TV debate failed to bring that one lightning revelation of character that many had hoped for. Thus there is no substitute for studying the candidates through careful reporting and psychological surmise.

The two contenders share many traits. Both are men of integrity and decency. The cornerstone of Ford's...

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