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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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"I KNOW I AM RIGHT":
Benson Backs Present Farm Policy

By OVID A. MARTIN
Associated Press Farm Reporter
Politicians may be shooting at
him from all directions, but Ezra
Taft Benson refuses to retreat
from government farm policies
that have made him a controver-
sial figure.
The Eisenhower administration's
Secretary of Agriculture maintains
an air of calmness even though he
is being isolated from agricultural
affairs of his own party in its ef-
forts to hold on to the White
House.
"I intend to fight for these poli-"
cies as long as I am in office and
after I return to private life," Ben-
son said in an interview.
Avoids Relation
Vice-President Richard M. Nix-
on, the Republican presidential
nominee, has pointedly avoided di-
rect relationship during the cam-
paign with Benson and Benson's
close associates. Nixon has made
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It plain he wishes to be disassoci-
ated from Benson and Benson's
policies designed to get the gov-
ernment out of farming as quickly
as possible.
Nixon has endorsed some of the
longer range objectives of the Ben-
son program, but would use strong-
er government measures in the
short run to bolster the farmer's
economic position.
How does Benson feel about this
Nixon attitude and the sharp criti-
cism of him and his policies by
the Democrats?
Gives Answer
Here's the answer in his own
words:!
"I accept the criticisms and the
attacks with calmness because I
know I am right. I am as con-
vinced now as I was when I be-
came secretary nearly eight years
ago that our policies are right for
the farmer and the nation."
Sustaining him, he added, is the
support given him by President
Dwight D. Eisenhower.
"The President has told me from
time to time that he, to, is firmly
convinced of the correctness of our
program," Benson said.

He said he is convinced that a
big majority of the citizens back
him, and this includes farmers as
well as urban folk.
Recalls Storm
The secretary recalled the first
storm that broke around his head,
back in 1953, only a few weeks
after he took his cabinet post. In a
speech made in the Midwest, he
called for lower government farm
price supports.
"When I got back to Washing-
ton, I found myself under attack
by members of Congress from both
parties," Benson said.
Ike Backs Him
Benson said Eisenhower dug
deeply into the farm problem and
as a consequence has a thorough;
understanding of it.
Few presidents in history have
stood more firmly behind a criti-
cized member of their administra-
tions. Repeatedly, Eisenhower has
rejected pleas of members of his
party that he get rid of the secre-
tary.
Benson said he will leave office
next January with a feeling of
great accomplishment.

Petitioning
for SPRING WEEKEND
Central Committee Positions
Will be extended until
Friday, October 7

Left Wing
Asks Atomic
Ards Ban
Advocates Break
With NATO, U.S.
SCARBOROUGH, England R)-
The Labor Party demanded last
night that Britain abandon nu-
clear arms, ease out of the At-
lantic alliance and break close as-
sociations with the United States.
Aimed at making Britain a
neutralist power in the East-West
struggle, the far-reaching policy
was adopted at Labor's annual
conference in defiance of Party
Leader Hugh Gaitskell.
Sweat pouring down his face,
Gaitskell went down fighting. In
an emotional speech, he declared
he would try to keep the party
leadership to prevent the Socialist
movement from falling apart.
Little Influence
The Laborites, who have been
out of the government since 1951,
have little influence on Britain's
official policy. They can not dic-
tate to Prime Minister Harold
Macmillan's Conservative govern-
ment. And even within their own
ranks bitter disagreement flared
over the wisdom of nuclear dis-
armament.
The vote was a victory of the
party left wing over Gaitskell's
more conservative faction, which
believes in strong ties with the
West. Party leftists had the sup-
port of some big trade unions.
The party decision means Brit-
ain's nuclear policies, participation
in the North Atlantic Treaty Or-
ganization and United States
bases on British soil will be at-
tacked with new vigor by Labor-
ites in Parliament. And Gaits-
kell's position as party leader is
jeopardized.
Gaitskell Speaks
But the Laborites gave Gaits-
kell their attention and frequent-
ly their applause. He lashed at
the neutralist policy of the party
left wing as an erosion of Western
solidarity. He said it could only
comfort "pacifists, neutralists and
fellow travelers.'
Gaitskell knew before the votes
were cast that he would be de-
feated. But he forced an ovation
from the conference by declaring
he would go on fighting to keep
the leadership, hold the party to-
gether and "bring sanity to the
movement's defense policies."
Delegates Cheer
The delegates cheered him until
the hall shook and sang "for
he's a jolly good fellow."
The 54-year-old party leader
reminded the conference that it
has no power to unseat him. He
pointed out this could only be
done by the Labor delegation in
Parliament, which is scheduled to
caucus later this month.
But his troubles were by no
means over. Tomorrow he faces
an even more crushing defeat on
the issue of nationalization of
industry.
Gaitskell wants to modify this
orthodox socialist doctrine, but
leftwingers in the party are in-
sisting on a program of more state
ownership.
Graham Asks
Voter Prayer
NEW YORK P) -- Evangelist
Billy Graham suggested yester-
day that President Dwight D. Ei-
sensower proclaim a day of pray-
er on the eve of the presidential
election to the end that "God's

will be done" in the outcome.
He told a news conference that
the nation faced "the most cru-
cial election in American history,"
and added:
"I think that we should choose
our next President on our knees
and after prayers. I think that
people, whatever their religious
persuasion, should pray that God's
will be done."

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