Tackling the Teflon President

Underdog Mondale says he likes running from behind

Mondale loyalists whistle bravely. "If I were a Republican, I'd be worried," declares Ohio Governor Dick Celeste. But the real fear grips the Democrats. "Mondale's chances are uphill," concedes Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Dave Nagle. Hart partisans give Mondale no chance at all. "Politics has a certain ecology to it," says Hart Adviser Frank Mankiewicz. "Walter Mondale appears to be Ronald Reagan's natural prey."

It is hard to find any Democrats, other than Mondale and his immediate entourage, who are willing to flat out predict victory...

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