A Letter From The Publisher, Sep. 10, 1979

"Powerful self-control is the distinctive mark of John B. Connally," says TIME Washington Bureau Chief Robert Ajemian. "He's in control on the podium, where he ranks with Ted Kennedy as one of the two best stump speakers in America. He's in control of his emotions, and he never appears off-balance." A former assistant managing editor of LIFE, Ajemian has been covering presidential candidates since 1956, and reported extensively on the Texan for TIME three years ago. For this week's cover story, Ajemian shadowed three Connallys nonstop for a week: he rode with...

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