Scoring Points with Candor

Mondaleputs Reagan on the defensive by promising new taxes

The $263 billion deficit projected for 1989 is so large, the candidate said, that a stack of $1 bills in that amount would reach halfway to the moon. The Federal Government, he went on, needs to borrow $500 million today just to get through tomorrow. The simple, vivid images were right out of Ronald Reagan's 1980 campaign repertoire, but now the speaker was Walter Mondale. All week long the Democrat pounded away at the budget deficits ("a trap door under our economy") and at the...

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