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Wednesday, September 18, 1968

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Seven

Wednesday, September 18, 1968 THE MiCHIGAN DAILY

Paqe Seven

Johnson
WASHINGTON (P) - Presi- It wa
dent Johnson strongly urged the dorsem
Texas Democratic party conven- 1968 ca
tion today to support presidential Since
candidate Hubert H. Humphrey for pre
and "work as hard for him as he at Chic
has worked for America." have b4
In a telegram to the conven- such st
tion in Austin, Johnson declared Preside
that he had picked Humphrey as But-
his vice president because "he has Austin
earned my confidence and ad- sending
miration as the man best quali- of the
fied to serve a heartbeat away - was
from the Presidency." phrey.
He added: "I feel even more He sa
strongly about his qualifications phrey
today." running
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urges

Texas

Democrats

to support Humphrey

as Johnson's strongest en-
ent of Humphrey in the
mpaign.
Humphrey's nomination
esident by the Democrats
ago, he and his supporters
een operating without any
rong statement from t h e
nt.
Johnson in his telegram to
- which he said he was
as "an absentee member
Texas Democratic party"
full of praise for Hum-
aid he was sure that Hum-
and his vice presidential
g mate, Sen. Edmund S.

Muskie of Maine, "can count on
you."
He' described Humphrey as "a
fighter and a patriot."
"I have watched him give his
courage, common sense and com-
passion to the cause of America,"
the President declared.
A Democratic victory this No-
vember, Johnson said, "will mean
the difference between a united
and divided America."
He declared it "can also mean
the difference between world or-
der and world chaos.
"Unless we Democrats unite to
heal and lead America," Johnson
said, "America will never have

the vision to heal and. lead the
world."
Johnson recalled that eight
years ago when he ran for vice
president with John F. Kennedy,
he asked his fellow Texans to give
undivided support to the Demo-
cratic ticket.
He said that what he called the
magnificent response he received
spelled -the difference between vic-
tory and defeat then.
This year, he added, "In ano-
ther crucial election, I again ask
you to close ranks behind our
candidates."
Newsmen later asked George
Christian, the White House press

secretary, whether Johnson's tele-
gram to the Texas convention was
the kickoff for more open presi-
dential participation in the cam-
paign on behalf of Humphrey.
He said the telegram spoke for
itself and he wouldn't interpret it
in any way. But, Christian add-
ed, "I'm sure there will be oc-
casions when the President will
make' appeals for the Democratic
party in the fall."
He said he saw no conflict be-
tween that and the .President's
March 31 statement that he would
not engage in any personal parti-
san politics.
He did not indicate in what

way Johnson might make any fu-
ture appeals for the party, but
said that the President has made
it clear he will make such state-
ments on these matters as he sees
fit.

1.

Meanwhile the new head of
Texas' established Democrats told
his party's state convention to
tune in to young Texans rebelling
against "the establishment."
The keynote address by Lt. Gov.
Preston Smith, nominee for gov-
ernor, did not mention his party's
national nominees, Vice President
Hubert Humphrey and Sen. Ed-.
mund Muskie.
Asked about this by reporters,

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he said: "This is a state conven-,
tion. They are not involved."
Directing his fellow Democrats'
attention to those he called "the
young rebels," Smith said "it is
understandable that youth has al-
ways questioned the motives of
'the establishment.' They always
will, and I think they should.
Sometimes they are right."
Smith, 56, said he is "not con-
cerned with those with th'e weird
beards, the stringy hair and un-
tuned guitars. I am concerned
with bright, honorable young peo-
ple in the grip of powerful re-
action against things as they are.",
Yesterday's convention was pre-

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ceded by two convention-s t y 1 e
meetings Saturday of dissident
Democratic groups,
Last month Smith did not at-
tend the National Democratic
Convention, saying he had to re-
main in Texas as stand-in for
Gov. John Connally, who did go
to Chicago,
In Buffalo, N.Y. Hubert U.
Humphrey accused his Republi-
can opponent, Richard M. Nixon,
of "playing politics with the lives
of humanity.''
Humphrey, in a speech yester-
day to a Democratic luncheon in
Buffalo, attacked Nixon's stand
on the nuclear nonproliferation
treaty now awaiting approval by
the Senate.
MISSED OPPORTUNTY
If the United States -misses the,
opportunity to ratify the treaty,
Humphrey declared, it may have
"missed the opportunity to save
the world from nuclear confronta-
tion."
Although Nixon has endorsed
the treaty he has recommendtd
that the Senate withhold approv-
al due to the Soviet Invasion f
Czechoslovakia.
In a statement prepared for:
campaign stop in Rochester, of-
fered some proposals for dealing
with the urban crisis.
"Our circumstances demand . a
far greater measure of state and
local initiative, responsibility and
cooperation, together with 1 e s s
direct federal control than exists
today," the vice president said.
'STRONG PRESIDENT'
However, Humphrey said, "Our
circumstances require a strong
and active president - strong
enough to shake up the federal
bureaucracy." ~
Earlier, Humphrey told students
and hecklers that as president h.
would do everything necessary to
end the Vietnam war, but he re-
minded them that it is Lyndon
Johnson - not himself - who
is controlling events.
"You have one president at. .
time," Humphrey said. "That's all
you need."
But Humphrey aknowledged
that a major controversy of his
young campaign was due to his
failure to read the minority plank
on Vietnam offered by doves at
the Democratic National Con-
vention in Chicago.
Humphrey's running mate, Sen.
Edmund S. Muskie of Maine, cam-
paigned at the other engi of the
state, in New York -City, de-
manding that Nixon speak out on
issues, especially Vietnam. Muskie
said Nixon was hiding his vies.
Nixonfears
Wallancenm thred t
ANAHEIM, Calif. W ')-A nag-
ging concern about the eletion
day impact of George C.Wallace
is surfacing in the ampaign or-
ganization of Republican Richard'
M. Nixon. a
Nixon himself talked of Aa ys.
terday, tellinga, news conference
he has heaO reports o colluin
between southernDemoctrats hazpd
Wallace supporters, desIined to
deny' him the electorial VOtesbof
states in the South. £
His 'national political. diretor,
Robert Ellsworth, has been -
serting. for .days that such ~a ,
southern strategy is ,taking she

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CHOICE TO HOUSE
As Nixon described it, the at-
tempt would be to deny him. a
maJority vote in the electorial col-
lege, and thus send the W h fit e-
House choice to the House of
Representatives.
The Republican nominee called,
upon his Democratic rival, Vice-
President Hubert H. Humphrey,
- to repudiate any such move by
southern Democrats.
Nixon already has shunned any ,
direct campaign confrontation
with Wallace, the third party con-
tender. Nixon flatly ruled out a
televised campaign debate with
Humphrey if it also would include
Wallace.
Nixon said tihat would not be -in
the public nterest because it would
build up the third party candidate
by giving him equal time with
those of the two major parties.
Ellsworth has suggested that
the Democrats would like to -do ,'
just that, so that the House would
wind up with the presidential
choice.
If none of the candidates gQt-a-
270-vote majority in the electorial
college, the house would make the
presidential selection with each
state delegation casting one vote.
NEW CONGRESS
The choice would be made by
the Congress elected Nov. 5.
In the current Congress, Demo-
crats are in control of 29 dele-
gations, Republicans have ma-
jorities in 18 states, and --three.
are evenly divided:
Nixon said it is vitally impor-
tant that the White House deci-
sion be made in the electoral col--
lege, not the House.
To that end, he said, "we're go
ing to go all out in every one of
the major states."-

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