THE DEBATES: Jostling for the Edge

As the two candidates readied themselves for their first debate this week and their teams of seconds wrangled over the details, TIME National Political Correspondent Robert Ajemian followed the maneuverings of both sides. His report:

It was a matter of style. Gerald Ford's negotiators said it was necessary that the two debaters be standing. It was undignified and out of the question for the President to be seated during any debate. But Jimmy Carter's men wanted their candidate seated, both to minimize Ford's height advantage (6 ft. 1 in. v. 5 ft. 10...

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