The Nation: THE CANDIDATES HAVE THE LAST WORD

With the neck-and-neck race nearing a finish, Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter talked at length with TIME about their campaigns, in effect making a final plea to the voters. Aboard Air Force One, between campaign stops, the President chatted with Chief of Correspondents Murray Gart and Correspondents Dean Fischer and Strobe Talbott. While riding in a car from Plains to Albany, Ga., Carter spoke with Gart and Correspondent Stanley Cloud.

FORD:'IT'S A HORSE RACE'

Q. Mr. President, would you sum up and assess your feelings about this campaign?

A. Considering the real tough primary...

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