Nation: Going Far by Going Slow

Sears has persuaded Reagan to emulate the tortoise

The man who advised Ronald Reagan to ignore the Republican debate in Iowa and who is masterminding Reagan's surprisingly low-key and slow-starting presidential campaign remains supremely confident that the strategy is sound. John Sears, 39, Reagan's campaign boss in 1980, as in 1976, still feels that if Reagan had debated in Iowa he would have made himself just one of the pack. Says Sears: "Being the front runner can give you control. The race cannot really start before he begins to compete. Without him, it's just...

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