Here comes the Walter Mondale show!
The former vice-president is wasting little time stepping into the Democratic presidential campaign void left by US Sen. -Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts.
He is - 15 months before the earliest-in-the-nation primary in New Hampshire - sending a former vice-presidential aide, Charles Campion, to that state in a few days. Mr. Campion's mission: devote full time to laying the groundwork for a likely campaign in 1984.
Mondale hasn't formally announced his candidacy yet, but he has already visited New Hampshire three times this year.
Yet he is neither the first nor the most frequent visiting Democratic contender. Sen. John Glenn of Ohio led the way back in November 1981. Sen. Alan Cranston of California has visited the state eight times so far this year.