Nation: A Vow to Zip His Lip

After his tactics boomerang, Carter promises to stop blitzing Reagan

"Why, if you are the right man for the job, have you and your staff lowered yourselves to slinging mud and making slanderous statements about your rival?"

That blunt question from a Nashville high school student to the President of the U.S. last week aptly summed up the conundrum of Jimmy Carter's floundering campaign. From the outset, the President and his advisers had meant to make Ronald Reagan the man the issue in the race. Instead, with only three weeks to go, it was Carter...

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