Business: The Great 1980 Non-Debate

Voters tune out on a confused election discussion of the U.S. economy

"It is as though they were playing ring-around-reality. We know that there are big problems that demand solutions, so how come the candidates don't?" So muses Claudia Wells, 29, a secretary in Charleston, S.C., and her puzzlement is hardly unique. As Campaign '80 moves into its final three weeks, the discussion of the U.S.'s pressing economic problems has become a fractious and cantankerous presidential non-debate that is informing no one and confusing voters everywhere.

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