Eccentrics: And If Elected

They are an eclectic lot, but they have one thing in common: all 225 are registered with the Federal Election Commission as candidates in the 1984 presidential campaign. Some of the more ambitious traveled to the State University of New York campus at Stony Brook to attend the Alternative Presidential Convention '84.

Ronald Reagan and Walter Mondale were among those invited who forgot to R.S.V.P., but nobody seemed to miss them. Pete Swider, from Hamtramck, Mich., vowed to eliminate crime by issuing federal credit cards to all 18-to 21-year-olds. Wearing a blue velour...

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