FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4,1966 THE MICHIGAN DAILY
illiams, Griffin Battle in Close Senatorik
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the
fourth in a series on state-
wide offices at stake in the Nov.
8 election. It deals with the race
for U.S. senator.,
By The Associated Press
Michigan's senatorial election
will give voters what both candi-
dates admit is a choihe between a
yes-man and a no-man.
They will choose between Dem-
ocrat G. Mennen Williams, who
voices solid support for. Johnson
Administration policies, and Re-
publican Sen. Robert Griffin, who
has voted "no" on most Democra-
The outcome of the battle be-
tween Williams, a former six-term
governor, and Griffin, a former
five-term congressman, remains in
doubt. Some polls give Williams a
slight edge, others show Griffin in
Unknown factors in the race are
six kidney stones, an expensive
primary election and the death of
Democratic Sen. Patrick McNa-
mara, whose vacant seat is being
filled by Griffin.
Also listed among the impon-
derables is the impact on voters
of an all-out campaign effort by
Gov. George Romney to help
Griffin become the first Republi-
can senator elected in Michigan in
Romney appointed Griffin to the
Senate last May, a move which
Democrats concede gave the GOP
candidate a boost in his campaign.
Thn last August, shortly after
Inflicting a resounding defeat on
Detroit Mayor Jerome Cavanagh
in the primary, the 55-year-old
Williams underwent surgery for
removal of the kidney stones.
Democrats bemoan the fact the
two candidates spent nearly $700,-
000 in their intraparty fight. It
was money they could have put to
good use in trying to topple Grif-
And Griffin supporters are
whispering that Williams' opera-
tion merely underscores their
man's "Youth and Experience"
slogan, with an accent on youth.
Griffin is 42.
The recuperation period took
him off the campaign trail for
five weeks, a development which
may explain why he slipped a
notch in some public opinion polls.
There has been no visible let-
down in the vigor of Williams'
attacks on Griffin's 10-year voting
record in Congress.
Griffin, he says, "voted consis-
tently against the progressive pro-
grams of the eKnnedy-Johnson
administrations. Now, in a state-
wide Senate campaign, he presents
himself as a moderate Republican.
"But don't be fooled. His voting
record proves he's followed the
same old reactionary, anti-every-
thing GOP line."
Griffin replies that his opponent
is distorting the record by picking
out only a few of thousands of
votes he cast on the House floor
and in committee meetings.
In turn, the senator accuses Wil-
liams of having changed his tune
on the Landrum-Griffin Act,
which some labor leaders contend
"Early in the campaign," says
Griffin, "my opponent said I
would have much to explain about
my co-sponsorship of the Land-
rum-Griffin legislation-but now
he admits that he would have vot-
ed for it."
The two candidates held only
one face-to-face formal debate,
despite Griffin's repeated chal-
lenge that Williams accept some of
the free television time offered for
a verbal duel.
Underscoring the importance
with which Michigan's senatorial
race is regarded in national ciri-
cles has been the caliber of top-
ranking help sent into the state by
Griffin has shared the spotlight
with Romney and basked in the
the praised heaped on him by the
governor during most of the cam-
"This man has a great record in
Washington, and I want you to
keep him there," Romney has told
rallies all over the state. "He's a
credit to his state and to his coun-
In his turn, Griffin has assail-
ed Williams as having done a me-
diocre job during his five years as
assistant secretary of state for
African Affairs, and contends his
opponent earned the reputation of
being Michigan's No. 1 problem-
maker during his 12 years as gov-
Williams has, in effect, had to
fight three opponents.
First, there was Detroit Mayor
Jerome Cavanagh, who waged a
hard-hitting primary campaign
for the Democratic nomination.
Then came the general election
campaign, with both Griffin and
Gov. George Romney to battle.
Much of Williams' campaign
thas been based on the contention
that Griffin is an anti-people, an
anti-everything candidate who
compiled a sorry record during his
ten years in Congress.
"Now that the junior senator
from Michigan is about to face the
people in a statewide election he's
trying very hard to pretend he's a
moderate," Williams says.
The truth is, says Williams, that
if the majority of Congress had
voted in the '60s the way Griffin
did "our state would still be wal-
lowing in the Republican recession
with national automobile sales off
and Michigan unemployment still
up above 10 per cent."
Formally Accuse No. Koreans
Of Killing Americans, Soldiers
General Health Good;
Doctors To Operate
Within Three Weeks
WASHINGTON (A) - President
Johnson will undergo surgery
within the next 15 to 18 days.
Johnson, who personally an-
nounced the forthcoming opera-
tion to newsmen summoned to the
Cabinet Room, described it as an
operation to "repair a defect at
the site of the incision made dur-
ing the gall bladder operation a
year ago." t
A small polyp will be removed
from his throat at the same time.
Less than two hours before
Johnson made his announcement,
press secretary Bill D.. Moyers
told newsmen that "the President
is in excellent health." Later
statements by Johnson's doctors
said his general health was excel-
With the announcement, John-
son ended all speculation that he
was planning a cross-country
campaign swing prior to next
Tuesday's elections to plug for
the election of Democrats all the
way down the line.
Democratic politicians in more
than a dozen states from Massa-
chusetts to California have re-
ported they expected Johnson for
political speeches prior to the
of his doctors, Johnson plans t
get in as much rest as possible
b prior to the operation instead of
He will begin resting up at the'
LBJ Ranch in Texas sometime
Johnson, reading from a pre-
pared statement, said that about
six months ago a small bulge be-
gan to appear in the region of the
scar from last year's operation on
the right side of his abdomen. Al-
though it would disappear from
time to time, he said, "I experi-
enced -a continuing soreness and
a drawing sensation. The protru-
sion has enlarged recently and the
soreness has recurred, and the doc-
tors have recommended surgery."
Johnson said Vice Adm. George
G. Burkley, the White House psys-
ician, recommended to him in
Seoul, South Korea on Tuesday
that the operation take place
within about 15 to 18 days from
now and that he agreed to the
Burkley, who keeps daily watch
over the President's health, said
Johnson's general health contin-
ues to be excellent, and that there
is no indication of any serious
problem in either instance.
Doctors described the abdominal
protrusion as an "incisional her-
One of the President's doctors
who was present, James C. Cain,
of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester,
Minn., said the protrusion at times
reaches the size of a silver dollar.
Burkley explained that at the
time of the President's gall blad-
der surgery Oct. 8, 1965, drains
were placed in the abdominal wall
about one inch from the end of
the incision on the right side.
When the drains were removed,
he added, the wound appeared to
R heal completely but that on sev-
eral occasions a drawing pain was
noticed in the region of the scar,
localized where the drains had
been removed. He said a small
protrusion was first noted last
Burkley said the protrusion has
. enlarged somewhat in the last
Inflationary Price Rise Exerts Pressure
On Unstable South Vietnamese Economy
SAIGON (P)-The cost of rice-
Viet Nam's staple food-has in-
creased 16 per cent over last
month, and the country's fragile
economy faces a new surge of in-
Economists reported yesterday
that Saigon's consumer price in-
dex rose 13 per cent in the past
two weeks. They said it was re-
lated to political infighting in
South Viet Nam, among other
Economy Minister Au Truong
Thanh resigned two weeks ago in
a turbulent political dispute. Ex-
perts say the manner in which
Thanh quit shook the economy as
much as his resignation.
Thanh made public letters to
SCuba Asks Hanoi To Resist
U.S., Soviet Peace Efforts
businessmen warning that re-
newed inflation was likely in 1967.
Consumer costs here rose about
100 per cent between April 1965,
when the buildup of American
troopsb.gean, and June 1966, when
drastic financial reforms were
Thanh, who is regarded as an
able, experienced minister whh
oolitical ambitions, supervised
Viet Nam devalued the piaster
by 50 per cent-a dollar now is
officially worth -f18 plasters- and
slapped higher taxes on luxury
goods last June 20. The result was
a spurt in prices followed by a
period of stabilization during
which living costs held steady.
Good prices actually dropped
during September. Experts said
Thanh had pulled off necessary
reforms and he was regarded as
MOSCOW (P)-There are signs
that Cuba is encouraging Hanoi to
take a tough stand against the
United States, while trying to head
off any Soviet moves toward peace
in Viet Nam.
This may help explain the inde-
cisive outcome of the Communist
summit conference in Moscow two
The nine-nation meeting dis-
cussed the Viet Nam war and
what is described as China's ob-
struction of Communist aid de-
liveries across Chinese territory
to Hanoi. China hahs seemed fear-
ful that extensive Soviet-bloc aid
would increase Kremlin influence
Communist sources suggest the
purpose of the conference was to
coordinate bloc policies for a slow,
careful effort to move out of the
This is inconfirmed, although
curious variations in the way the
Soviet attitude on Viet Nam has
been expressed recently tend to
support the view.
Cuba's ability to directly block
any Soviet peace effort would be
limited but it has supported Han-
oi's unyielding line that the war
must end in a complete Commu-1
The summit meeting ended with
a communique saying opinions had1
been exchanged on international
problems "in an atmosphere of
fraternal cordiality and friend-
It did not claim agreement, as
many Communist communiquesl
There might have been disa-
greement with Romania, which
has avoided speaking out against
China in the Moscow-Peking dis-
pute. But this problem is believed
to have been papered over before
a key minister in Premier Nguyen
Cao Ky's regime.
However, Thanh is a Southerner
and one of seven Cabinet members
who resigned in a regional dispute
last month. Thanh and fellow
Southern Vietnamese regard Ky
and the governmental inner circle
as intruders. Ky and his ,losest
advisers come from what is now
Communist North Viet Nam.
Less than a month ago, Presi-
dent Johnson had commended the
South Vietnamse government on
taking action on the inflationary
Announcing that consumer pri-
ces jumped 13 per cent in the
past two weeks, economists noted
Saigon's consumer price index
rose 53 per cent for the cost of
over two weeks ago.
The index is a rough economic
barometer based on 22 foods and
six non-food items in Saigon's
The most expensive grades of
rice cost 16 per cent more than
they did a month ago.
Experts blamed the political
situation, military -operations in
farm areas, price speculation and
seasonal flooding in the Mekong
River delta for the price boosts.
One U.S. expert said the "most
difficult problem in 1967 will be
the cost of domestic food supply."
SEOUL, South Korea (O)-The
United Nations Command is for-
mally accusing North Koreans yes-
terday of killing six American and
three South Korean soldiers in
two unprovoked attacks that mar-
red President Johnson's visit to
The Military Armistice Commis-
sion was summoned to an emer-
gency meeting at Panmunjom, in
the border demilitarized zone, to
air charges about the attacks and
other incidents over the last two
weeks, regarded here as the grav-
est since a truce ended the Kor-
ean War in 1953.
Panmunjom, the truce center
where opposing delegations have
exchanged thousands of charges,
is about six miles west of the
rocky knoll where Communist am-
bushers wiped out an eight-man
patrol of the U.S. 2nd Infantry
Division early Wednesday.
The hero of the Patrol's defen-
sive fight-800 yards south of the
demilitarized zone-was identified
as Pvt. Ernest D. Reynolds, 20, of
Kansas City, Mo. The division
commander, Maj. Gen. George
Pickett Jr., is recommending 1,im
for a medal for bravery.
Though on outpost duty 60 feet
from the rest of the patrol, Rey-
nolds chose to open up with his
rifle rather than try to slip away
in the night. He was killed along
with five other Americans and a
South Korean soldier attached to
The wounded lone survivor, Pfc.
David E. Bibee, 17, of Ringgold,
Va., said Reynolds was "one really
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escaped by playing dead even while Seoul:
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Still suffering from shock, the The only thing I could make out
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By The Associated Press
gress while he worked, President
Johnson signed into law yester-
day a series of acts widening fed-
eral roles in health and education,
in reshaping cities, in pollution
control and in protection of con-
sumers and children.
4 PROVIDENCE, R.I. - State
workers who staged a work stop-
page yesterday to press demands
for pay boosts ran into a court
injunction ordering them back on
Presiding Justice John E. Mullen
of Superior Court issued the in-
junction at the request of Re-
publican Gov. John H. Chaffee,
who had pledged to support the
increase when the General Assem-
bly convenes in January.
* * *
government decreed yesterday a
state of siege in an action design-
ed to curb terrorist activities and
holdups which have been increas-
The suspension of constitutional
rights, a modified form of martial
law, was approved by President
Julio Cesar Mendez and his Cab-
inet just 126 days after he had
.taken power as president.
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