Nation: Now or Never for Anderson

With a running mate and a platform, the third man revs up

For Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan the campaign is only beginning, but for Independent John Anderson it has already reached a crisis stage. Over the summer, the white-thatched Congressman passed his first vital test: getting on enough state ballots to be considered a serious candidate. But that victory was bought at a heavy price. While Anderson was preoccupied with collecting signatures on petitions, his ratings in the polls dropped, the flow of money to his cause dwindled, and his image blurred as the man who faced tough issues unflinchingly.

Anderson must...

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