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I Saturday, May 12, 1973

THE SUMMER DAIELY

Page Nine

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Saturday, May 12, 1973 THE SUMMER DAILY Page Nine

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Sen. Ervin
Rivals line up in home state

By MARGARET GENTRY
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON - While Sam
Ervin lines up witnesses by the
dozen for hearings on the Water-
gate scandal, there's a line of
potential rivals for his Senate
seat forming ever so cautiously
in North Carolina.
Though at the apex of national
prestige, Ervin faces for the first
time a serious and probably
tough campaign if he seeks re-
election next year.
THE DEMOCRATIC senator
may be challenged in his own
party primary, and victory-
flushed Republicans are certain
to wage a strong fight for his
seat.
Ervin's role as chairman of the
Senate committee investigating
the Watergate scandal may hurt

as much as help him in his home
state. Though some North Caro-
lina politicians of both parties
say many in the state are ex-
tremely proud of Ervin's role,
others say voters are more con-
cerned with economic issues and
many view his actions as an at-
tack on the President they like.
Ervin tolds a news conference
Thursday that his political fu-
ture doesn't really concern him.
Asked if he considers the Wat-
ergate investigation the grand
finale to two decadesdin the
Senate, he retorted: "I don't like
the idea of a finale!"
His age - four months shy
of 77 and another year older be-
fore election day in 1974 - and
the burst of Republican party
strength in North Carolina are
considered his major handicaps.

ERVIN'S HALF-century of po-
litical frie idships; his reputation
as defender of the Constitution,
and his ability to appeal to civil
libertarians nd segregationists
on different issues work to his
advantage.
Republicans elected a senator
and a governor in North Carolina
last year, and officials of both
parties say there will be a seri-
ous GOP Senate candidate next
year no matter who the Demo-
cratic candidate is.
Charles Black, political advis-
er to the Republicans who won
Jordan's seat, Sen. Jesse Helms,
said of Ervin. "His conserva-
tive reputation - that's what
Sam Ervin has had going for him
all these years. Now he's lean-
ing a little more to the left. I
don't think he's unbeatable."

SEN. ERVIN - His campaign style is to "get in a car and drive
from town to town wherever there's a meeting."
SCHLESINGER:
New defense boss
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WASHINGTON (I) - If James
Schlesinger lives up to his re-
cord, he will be one of the most
tight-fisted defense secretaries in
history.
Back when he was a top offic-
ial of President Nixon's budget
office, Schlesinger forced through
billions of dollars in defense
cuts.
THE YOUNGEST man ever
chosen secretary of defense, the
44-year-old Schlesinger has had
Profile
perhaps broader preparation than
any who preceded him.
His expertise in national-sec-
urity issues, particularly nuclear
weaponry, dates back at least a
decade to his experience as di-
rector of strategic studies at the
Rand Corp., a "think tank" which
conducts sensitive analyses for
defense agencies.
Later, as chairman of the
Atomic Energy Commission,
Scheslinger d i r e c t e d work
on nuclear - weapons advances.
HE SHARPENED his manage-
ment tools in supervising a ma-
jor streamlining of the AEC and
then put those tools to use again
during his brief tour as Central
Intelligence Agency director,
where he started to chop dead-
woo(d.
The Harvard - educated Schle-
singer, an economist, achieved
his reputation at the budget of-
fice where, more than once, he
went to the mat with then-Secre-
tary of Defense Melvin Laird, an
administration power.
'lHe was not one of Laird's
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favorite people," said one OMB
official recalling some of those
clashes.
SCHLESINGER is credited
with forcing the Navy to accept
a policy of junking older ships
because they were too costly to
maintain and moving toward a
smaller but modern fleet. The
Navy has recently embraced this
view in its arguments before
Congress.
Although lie has a reputation
for riding hard on defense spend-
ing, associates say it would be a
mistake to view him as favoring
a weaker defense establishment.
"He doesn't think the United
States can get by with a hand-
ful of Polaris submarines, and
not much else," one source said.
"His views should be no comfort
to the crowd that believes in
minimum deterrence."
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