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Thursday, March 7, 1968


Page Five

Thursday, March 7, 1968 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Five

Johnson Decli nes Spot on Primary Ballot Hue War Wreckage
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Johnson will not voluntarily en-
ter any political primaries this
year, it was learned yesterday.
This decision was among sev-
eral factors prompting the Presi-
dent's associates to keep his name
out of a Massachusetts primary
contest with Sen. Eugene J. Mc-
Carthy (D-Minn.), a reliable
source said.
Another was that the slate of
delegates to the Democratic Na-
tional Convention-approved last
,month by the Massachusetts Dem-
ocratic Committee - carried the
names of several persons who
either favored McCarthy or had
expressed opposition to the John-
son administration in other ways.
It was the consensus of the
Presidint's political advisers that
the "should and will not become
involved in any primary except
those where he must take positive
action to stay out," the source told
the Associated Press.
Thus the President may be en-
tered in primary contests in Ne-
braska, Oregon, and Wisconsin,
rhere a potential candidate must
submit a- formal statement of his
noncandidacy for his name to be
stricken from the ballot.
But his present policy - de-
scribed by the informant as "firm
and unalterable" - will keep him
out of the remaining 12 primaries.
* "It was felt that since he is the
incumbent President of the United
States it would be unseemly-es-
specially at this time-for him to
be politicking on street corners

"The people would feel he was
abdicating his constitutional re-
sponsibilities in favor of politick-
ing," he said. "And it was felt that
primary involvement would serve
only to antagonize the people with
the war going on."
As for Massachusetts, the source
"The slate of delegates was ap-
proved Feb. 24 by the state com-
mittee with no prior consultation
with the President's advisers or
the Democratic National Com-
"There were at least two people
on it who are not registered
Under Massachusetts law, he
said, the slate will automatically
become the Bay State's delega-
tion to the national convention
next August in Chicago.
Nixon Scores
Riot Report
LITTLETON, N.H. - Richard
M. Nixon accused President John-
son's advisory Commission on Civil
Disorders yesterday of in effect
blaming "everybody for the riots
except the perpetrators of the
He also complained that the
panel "put undue emphasis on the
idea that we are in effect a racist

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going to work together."
Earlier, Nixon said after the
war in Vietnam is ended the draft
should be abolished and the na-
tion should turn to an all volun-
teer army. He proposed creation
of "a civilian corps under civilian
control which would have as its
function nation building" in
countries threatened by guerrilla
"Once we can end this war, it
means that we can remove the
draft which is hanging over our
young people," Nixon told some
400 people in a Littleton hotel.
"I believe that we should have
and we can have a much more
effective military, economic,mand
certainly diplomatic policy if we
have what I call volunteer armed
services," Nixon said.
He said that would "let young
people be able to plan their lives
rather than living as the young
people today with the draft hang-
ing over them."
Logistics was one of the more
interesting aspects of the day
Nixon spent campaigning for New
Hampshire's March 12 presiden-
tial primary.
He began the day in Nashua, on
the southern border, flew to

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was to go back to the north to
Berlin for the night. It added up
to almost four hours of flying
for two campaign speeches.
The White House declined com-
ment on Nixon's statement that
a R e p u b l i c an administration
would end the Vietnam war.
However, House Majority Lead-
er Carl Albert said that if Nixon
has such a plan, he should dis-
close it now and not wait until
Albert told the House news dis-
patches did not disclose whether
Nixon was an expert in the field
or just a Republican presidential
McCarthy COn
Calif. Ballot
In two days of concerted action,
Sen. Eugene McCarthy's campaign
team assured him the top spot on
the California Democratic presi-
dential primary ballot and secured
more than one-fourth of Minne-
sota's delegation to the national
In California, McCarthy's cam-
paign leaders claimed yesterday
more than enough signatures to
give him top spot on the Califor-
nia Democratic presidential pri-
mary ballot.
By gathering their signatures
first, the Minnesota senator's
team made it all but certain that
his name will appear on the June
4 ballot above a slate of party
regulars backing President John-
son! and his Vietnam war policy.
At stake are California's 174 votes
at the national convention.

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ning the No. One spot was impor-
tant because it shows "we are out
to win and are organized."
Hill said the pro Johnson slate
is in complete disarray and
raises the question whether John-
son really is going to run. There
does not seem to be any strong
White House organization to put
him on the ballot or to put to-
gether a campaign."
In other action, McCarthy
clinched Tuesday more than one-
fourth of Minnesota's delegation
to the Democratic national con-
vention and his supporters are
talking of winning even more.
McCarthy supporters, rallying
around his opposition to the Viet-
nam war, turned out in record
numbers to control hundreds of
Democratic precinct caucuses.
The results, although subject to
ratification at later county and
district conventions, guarantee
McCarthy at least 16 spots on the
62 member national convention
Johnson-Humphrey forces did
well in rural areas and in heavy
labor wards but were not organ-
ized by a wide margin in most city
and suburban areas.
As it shapes up now, supporters
of President Johnson and Vice
President Hubert H. Humphrey
will control the delegation by a
46-16 margin.
But McCarthy backers said
there remains a chance McCarthy
could negotiate for at least some
of five, delegates from the 1st Dis-
trict in southeastern Minnesota,
some in the 6th, and possibly some
of the 20 to be selected at the
state convention June 21-23.
Minnesota will send 62 persons
to the national convention but
they will have only 52 votes.

HUE, Vietnam (A)-Looking at
the wreckage of what was once a
city of legendary beauty, Amer-
icans and Vietnamese alike dis-
play a fury born of frustration.
Some suggest that what happened
challenged the whole philosophy
of U.S. aid to South Vietnam.
"How could the Communists in-
fest this city without anybody in
authority knowing about it?" one
American demanded. "In any
other country, if a thing like this
happened, the defense minister
would have to resign. And why
hasn't the province chief been
court martialled?"
Hue, involved in almost four
weeks of fighting, looks like a city
which has bled to death.
The vista of ruin and human
misery here-as in some other
cities hit by the lunar new year
offensive-is provoking many an
American to agonizing reappraisal.
"In the past 30 days," said one
official, "we have been given rea-
son to wonder whether the South
Vietnamese government has what
it takes to make a nation of this
country, no matter what support it
One official, a long time in Hue.
said that the South Vietnamese
leaders here who lacked awareness
of Communist designs would be
taking charge all over again.
"They let the Communists come
in and infest this city without a
shot being fired, and now they'll
be coming back," he said. "They
can be rich next year from con-
trolling the input of U.S. money
and commodities." '

of American Effort

One American said the Hue
situation called for re-examination
of the agreement between the
United States and South Vietnam.
Some South Vietnamese in re-
sonsible places agree, admitting
that the system of distribution of
U.S. commodities is faulty and
full of leaks.
Under the basic agreement, the
American said, title to commodi-
ties passes to the Saigon officials'
as soon as the goods hit Vietnam-!
ese soil.
Americans have audit privileges,
but the way records are kept it is
virtually impossible in some cases
to make head or tail of them, he
said, adding that men on the scene
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in Vietnam know of "criminal mis-
use" of U.S. commodities.
"We thought we could bear some
of this in the name of protecting
the cherished sovereignty of the
South Vietnamese," he said. But in
the case of Hue, he added, U.S. aid
officials could do little more than
just look on.
With a bitter laugh he recalled
hearing a South Vietnamese offi-
cial demand approval of funds for
"a survey" of school needs at a
time when school buildings-what
was left of them-were crammed
with refugees.
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