"The first step in the healing process is an honest diagnosis. The Democrats have got to face some hard decisions on the economy, defense, foreign relations."

"Gov. Askew, what . . ."

"For years we have competed with each other in the world's largest and most attractive market. All that has changed, now we have an international marketplace. We can't have adversarial roles any longer between business and labor. As a nation, we have to re-find our own inner strength. Only a president can challenge both business and labor at the top . . ."

"Gov. Askew . . ."

"Seeing the change in the marketplace as the official United States Trade Representative made me decide to run for president. I started thinking about it seriously at the end of 1980. I had more than passing encouragement to run in '76, but in retrospect, deep down, I knew I wasn't ready for it. You have to feel it, in your stomach."

"Governor . . ."

"I started developing congressional links when I was chairman of the National Democratic Governors Conference. I understand Congress . . . I'm disciplined . . . I'm running a timed race. I have been in every state since January, some of them several times. I'm trying to get a feel for the country. I'm getting more response than I had a right to expect. The first phase ended in Philadelphia. I met 200 participants and personally visited 32 state chairs . . . I'm now in the second phase, spending more time in states with early caucuses and primaries, and in the South . . . I'm visiting special Democratic constituencies -- minorities, farm and environmental groups. By the end of September I will have raised $300,000, most of it in Florida, which has never had a presidential aspirant . . ."

". . ."

"The third phase starts after the November elections. Then come the money decisions. I will return to the people I have met. I haven't pushed it so far, I want these relationships to evolve . . . One of the most important aspects of '84 is the narrowed window of opportunity. Now there's only eight days between the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary, which means your people have to be chosen and your money in place before the end of 1983 . . .

"Governor, what do you think . . ."

"I asked the Federal Election Commission if I could raise money to test the waters. I was the first person to ever do that in a presidential race. Cranston followed my example. The important thing is that everything I raise applies retroactively against the maximum I'll be allowed to raise if I formally declare. Now I can't do any advertising, or mailing, as these senators can . . . I haven't made up my mind yet. Why don't you ask Mondale if he's made up his mind?"

". . . your chances are?"

"I'm playing a catch-up game against people who have been running for years. People can't understand why I'm declining speaking invitations to big events . . . It's a marathon, not a sprint. It's not my time yet. You have to play in Hartford before you open on Broadway."