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The Nation

July 11, 1985

The Democratic Party looked to its elected officials, including mayors and county commissioners, to help set a new direction and end what Party Chairman Paul G. Kirk Jr. called the phenomenon of Democratic candidates running "from instead of with the national party." Members of the party's newly formed Policy Commission in Washington urged the party to improve its image, with suggestions ranging from a new identification with family values and patriotism to stronger support for national defense.

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