Nation: Carter: Running Tough

Overcoming Kennedy, the President starts his hot pursuit of Reagan

IT BEGINS. Every four years, America's two major political parties materialize in tandem conventions that form the proscenium for the presidential campaign to come. Some argue that these outbursts of ritual and oratory are anachronisms as doomed as dinosaurs. But as this and the following stories show, New York was a vital festival for the Democrats last week. Myths were made and unmade, plinths erected, men and women tested, principles examined and policies established—all essential ingredients to...

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