Battling for the Party's Soul

Glenn and Mondale exchange opening blows

The first dustup occurred in Iowa, where the Democratic presidential candidates were appearing at a Jefferson-Jackson dinner for party activists. John Glenn set the tone by suggesting that Walter Mondale had been slavishly catering to a wide array of special-interest groups in his quest for the party's presidential nomination. "Will we offer a party that can't say no to anyone with a letterhead and a mailing list?" the Ohio Senator asked. When Mondale's turn came, he pushed aside his prepared text and zeroed in on his opponent's vote...

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