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The Ferraro factor

In her few days since selection as Walter Mondale's vice-presidential running mate, Rep. Geraldine Ferraro has handled herself admirably, combining professionalism and femininity. A continuation of this level of performance will make her a formidable addition to the Democratic ticket.

In her acceptance speech, Representative Ferraro projected just the right combination of strength and womanly qualities.

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In subject and demeanor she showed she can be firm: The former assistant prosecutor called for vigorous action on crime and came out for a strong national defense. Her tone was appropriately tough, but not harsh.

Qualities of gentleness and caring came through when she discussed other subjects of importance to her and all Americans: peace, family.

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