A Party Goes to san Francisco

The Democrats pick Reagan's backyard for their convention

Washington wooed members of the Democratic site-selection committee with Bavarian souffles, designer tote bags with their names inscribed and a boat trip on the Potomac. Chicago courted them with an energetic mayor-elect and a bubbly champagne brunch. Detroit, with its high unemployment and strong unions, presented itself as an ideal backdrop for Democratic issues.

In the end, however, the party rejected these ardent suitors and opted to go west. Meeting in Washington last week, the Democrats tapped San Francisco as the setting for their 1984 national convention. "We're taking the election right into Ronald Reagan's...

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