Tested in Heavy Combat

Walter Mondale looks at the clouds above Phoenix, and they are silver. The day before, he had won his big victory in Pennsylvania. Now his life is back on track. His coat off, his shirt collar open to show the kind of white undershirt that Clark Gable never would have worn, the candidate talks in the darkened cabin of his chartered jet.

Mondale confesses that his true moment of fear in the race came not after his upset defeat in New Hampshire, but in Michigan 2½ weeks later, where a Midwesterner like Mondale is expected to do pretty well. "I was told...

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