A Tie Goes to the Gipper

In a close debate, Mondale scores points but Reagan protects his lead

It was his last great test as a campaigner. Shaken by a stumbling performance in the first presidential debate two weeks earlier in Louisville, Ronald Reagan had to show millions of Americans watching Sunday night's face-off in Kansas City that he was in command of his office, in control of his facts and not addled by age. Once again, the Gipper was up to the task.

On a stage with softer backlighting than in Louisville, Reagan looked vigorous and spoke like the Great Communicator of political legend. The...

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