How It Plays In Toledo

The debate and the campaign as seen through the eyes of a key Rustbelt city

Mainstream America has no fixed address, but Toledo provides as good a vantage point as any to watch the couch-potato campaign of 1988. This slowly reviving industrial city of 338,000 has more than its share of card-carrying Reagan Democrats -- and all of Michael Dukakis' victory scenarios depend on wooing these blue-collar defectors back to the fold. But the struggle for their hearts and minds is oddly disembodied. Even a Dukakis visit to Toledo last week was merely a cameo for the cameras. Here, as elsewhere, the election has become largely reduced to the impressions created by the 300,000 tiny points...

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