The Presidency by Hugh Sidey: Now Comes the Hard Part

The Presidency

If Ronald Reagan is the winner next week, those deficits are going to be just as big and bad as they ever were. If Walter Mondale comes out on top, he may find that the Soviets aren't as eager for a summit as he is—or that Soviet Boss Konstantin Chernenko has checked into a Moscow hospital.

The problems seem so easy out there on the stump. Deficits shrink with a rhetorical flourish. And all you have to do for a summit is ring up the Kremlin and say, "Hey, Konstantin, let's get together next week in Geneva."

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