Reverses and End Runs

Mondale appears to be in command after a hectic first half

It was halftime. Time to catch a fleeting breath, recall the plays that had worked, assess the fumbles, analyze the opponent's weaknesses and plot a second-half strategy to win the Democratic presidential nomination. Walter Mondale looked back at the grueling, wildly erratic first half and declared in Philadelphia: "I have shown that I have the guts and the steel necessary to fight back under tough circumstances." Looking toward the imminent showdown, Gary Hart vowed at a pep rally in Denver: "When we come...

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