An Interview with President Reagan

Reflections on summitry and the Soviet challenge

A long day of combat over the budget was behind him, and Ronald Reagan was heading for his retreat, Rancho del Cielo, near Santa Barbara, Calif., to mix the woodsy labor he loves with cramming for his forthcoming summit meetings in Western Europe. Before he left Washington, the President discussed his trip with TIME White House Correspondent Laurence I. Barrett and Senior Correspondent John F. Stacks. The President's voice was raspy—the result, he said, of a malfunctioning fireplace that had filled his den with smoke the night...

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