THE CAMPAIGN: Bitter, Not Better, Down the Stretch

When Gerald Ford was cleared last week of allegations that he had mishandled congressional campaign funds, the relieved President was moved to express hope that now the campaign would rise "to a level befitting the American people." But the campaign level seems more likely to sink than to soar. With only two weeks remaining, millions of voters are still struggling to make up their minds, and Ford and Jimmy Carter have been trying to win them by focusing with increasing acerbity on each other's character and competence.

At the very televised news conference that he...