Nation: Throwing High and Inside

Smudges on the horsehide as Carter plays hardball

"You take the high road and we'll take the low road," is the advice a presidential candidate usually gets from his top aides and running mate. But in his recent campaigning, President Carter has reversed that pattern, slashing with sharp hyperbole at Ronald Reagan while Jody Powell and other aides anxiously try to dampen his rhetorical excesses.

Carter started his attack earlier this month with insinuations that Reagan was opposed to world peace and in favor of an arms race that could lead to nuclear war. Last...

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