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Panel gives N.H. go-ahead for first primary
The Democratic Compliance Review
Commission, bypasing the party's new
reform rules, voted yesterday to let
New Hampshire hold its first-in-the-
nation 1980 presidential primary on
Meanwhile, state House Speaker
Bobby Crim, one of President Carter's
earliest Michigan supporters in 1976,
said yesterday he probably would sup-
port Sen. Edward Kennedy for
president if Kennedy enters the 1980
CRIM SAID HE may endorse a can-
didate for president shortly, regardless
of what Kennedy does.
The Democratic panel also gave Iowa
permission to choose its presidential
convention delegates by caucus on Jan.
21-six weeks ahead of the date the par-
ty had designated for the startup of the
The New Hampshire primary has
traditionally served as the first
measure of public sentiment towards
presidential candidates. An un-
favorable showing in 1968 convinced
President Lyndon Johnson to abandon
his bid for a second full term.
THE DEMOCRATIC National Com-
mittee, in establishing new reform
Crim likely to back Kennedy
rules for the selection of convention
delegates, had seta "window period" of
March 4 to June 11, 1980, for the selec-
tion process. The rules require states to
take "provable positive steps" to meet
An aide to Democratic Chairman
John White said Democratic legislators
in both Iowa and New Hampshire had
tried, but failed, to pass measures
changing their states' traditional ac-
tions. Both legislatures are controlled
The commission approved a waiver
of the rule for New Hampshire with lit-
tle discussion, but the Iowa request
drew criticism from the member who
drew up the window provision.
MICHIGAN STATE party chairman
Morley Winograd blasted his Iowa
colleagues for not working hard enough
to change the caucus date.
"I believe they're getting away with
murder," he said. "When the window
rule was brought up in 1976, ,the
Democratic party controlled the Iowa
legislature. They could have easily
changed the date."
The commission delayed action on
sensitive primary election problems in
Massachusetts and Wisconsin until Sep-
IN MASSACHUSETTS, the primary
is now scheduled to be held March 4,
just two weeks after New Hampshire,
and supporters of President Carter
want the date pushed back. Supporters
of homestate Sen. Edward Kennedy
want the election held on schedule.
Wisconsin has an open primary,
which violates the party's rule
prohibiting crossover voting in
Last month, both states were given 30
days by the review commission to bring
their primaries under compliance with
national party rules.
CRIM SAID HIS major problem in
making the "tough political decision"
on who to support for president is "the
assurance of lack of that Mr. Kennedy
is going to become a candidate.
"I'm finding out more about that at
this point and that will influence my
decision," he said. Crim said he would
get new information at a meeting
yesterday, but declined to elaborate.
He said he may make a statement
soon on the race and predicted it will be
"My support of Carter has been a
comparitive support," Crim said. He
said he would favor the incumbent over
California Gov. Jerry Brown but feels
closer philosophically to Kennedy.
"I THINK THAT'S failry clear that I
probably would" support Kennedy
should he enter the race, Crim said.
In a wide-ranging news conference,
the Davison Democrat also said he sup-
ports federal aid to financially ailing
Chrysler Corp. but doubts the state can
do much to-help.
He rejected the claim that
Washington's meddling is primarily to
blame for Chrysler's woes, and
suggested the firm's management
shares some responsibility.
"'IF AID IS going to come in any
meaningful amount to Chrysler it has to
come from the federal government."
Crim said he does not believe ex-
cessive federal regulations are largely
to blame for Chrysler's problems.
"They're a contributing factor .. but
certainly not the overwhelming factor
in the problem," he said.
"In comparison to other auto
manufacturers, I think there has been"
poor management at Chrysler, he said.
More than 1,000 persons died when
the Empress of Ireland sank in the St.
Lawrence River in 1914. The Canadian
Pacific passenger liner collided with a
freighter and sank. Lifeboats could not
be launched because the ship heeled
over and sank within 15 minutes.
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Ex-president Ford blasts
Carter's economic policies
PETOSKEY (UPI) - Gerald Ford
yesterday called President Carter's
economic policies "a total disaster"
and lamented the nation's return to
double digit inflation as "sad and very
On the fifth anniversary of the day he
replaced Richard Nixon as president,
Ford also began sounding like a
possible candidate to return to the
White House in 1980 himself.
Ford visited this northern Michigan
resort community to dedicate a new $26
million wing at Little Traverse
Hospital. At a news conference, he at-
tacked the Carter administration's
economic record in some of his
strongest language to date.
In his own 2 years as president,
Ford said, the government reduced the
inflation rate from over 12 per centto
4.8 per cent and, "We had the economy
moving forward in a constructive way.
"It's sad and very tragic," he added,
"that in the last three years that the
Carter administration has reignited the
flames of inflation so we're back up to
13 per cent.
"We're on the brink, if not in, another
recession where you're going to have
higher unemployment. I think the Car-
ter administration is totally to blame.
They've blown it. Their economic
policies have been a total disaster."
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