DEMOCRATS: Kennedy Creates a Free-for-AII

Among the Democratic politicians across the U.S., Senator Edward Kennedy's "firm, final and unconditional" decision not to seek the presidency in 1976 brought forth a collective sigh of relief last week. The reasons were as varied as the conflicting emotions that the Kennedy name inspires.

Most Americans could readily sympathize with the Senator's formal explanation. "My primary responsibilities are at home," he said, and they are undeniably heavy. His wife Joan, an out-patient at a West Coast clinic who was at his side during his press conference, has been hospitalized for emotional...

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