Fast and Loose with Facts

In the second presidential debate, accuracy was no object "This may have been the most factually mucked-up debate ever held between two presidential candidates—and no one cares. It's over. Done."

Thus does one of Ronald Reagan's advisers sum up the second and final TV confrontation between the President and Democratic Challenger Walter Mondale at the start of last week. Reagan indeed is treating the debate as a settled issue; his aides think he put to rest doubts about his age and competence with a wisecrack about Mondale's "youth and inexperience," and with that...

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