Nation: Building to a Climax


The pace quickens as Carter and Reagan prepare to debate

The presidential campaign seemed drifting, confused, even as the pace of travel, speeches, TV pitches and endorsements quickened. Republican Ronald Reagan was still ahead, but he was not pulling away. His aides fretted about the tendency of undecided voters to place their bets on a past winner as the race turned into the home stretch. Meanwhile Jimmy Carter was claiming that disaffected Democrats were starting to come home to the party, although there was no clear proof. Then, suddenly, came the startling news: the...

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