Nation: An Interview with the President

'l am paying the price, but l am willing to do that"

These were difficult times. Yet another poll last week showed yet another drop in President Carter's popularity, with only 38% approving his performance in the White House. In official Washington, too, there was increasing skepticism about Carter's ability to govern effectively. How did the President himself feel he was faring amid these pervasive doubts about his leadership? In an exclusive interview with TIME Washington Bureau Chief Robert Ajemian, the President considered a broad range of questions and provided some illuminating insights—and some...

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