Nation: Balloons, Bands and Oratory

Carter encounters Reagan, and once again nobody wins

High Noon on High Street, the press and TV called it. Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan at rival rallies just five blocks from each other along a main drag of Columbus. Balloons, bands, banners and high-flown oratory. A dress rehearsal for the fall campaign and an invitation to pundits to read large significance into which candidate's crowd was bigger, which more enthusiastic.

In fact, it was largely a media event staged by the Carter forces to create some hoopla for the President's first avowedly political foray...

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