Mondale: Now the Real Debate Begins

Mondale survives at Dartmouth, but the pack is still baying

Mondale survives at Dartmouth, but the pack is still baying

The debate itself lasted three hours. The debate over who won still rages.

No sooner had the eight candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination stopped vying for the attention of TV Talk Show Host Phil Donahue, waving their arms like excited schoolchildren, than their camp followers began vying for the attention of the press to declare victory.

"Spectacular!" crowed James Johnson, Walter Mondale's acting campaign chairman, relieved that the front runner had not fallen. "It makes Gary Hart the emerging dark-horse candidate," declared...

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