After a peaceful but uncompromising chat at the White House Thursday, nothing much has changed between the two major Democrats. Carter still won't debate, and Kennedy still won't give up his party-rending challenge.Skip to next paragraph
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Among the latest olive branches extended to the Kennedy camp was the announcing of US Rep. Morris Udall of Arizona as keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention. Udall is a Kennedy backer who ran against Carter in the 1976 primaries.
Party chairman and Carter supporter John White interpreted the meeting Thursday as a sign of unity to come. If not, he warned, it could mean a repeat of 1968, when Richard Nixon profited from a divided Democratic Party and won the presidency.