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Thursday, May 9, 1974

Kennedy Gearing up for 1976

Daily News Analysis
Count Sen. Edw ard Kennedy
t)-Mass.) in the ra::e for his
party's pireidential nomin:tion
the next time orviend.
The Sentor's recent trip to
the Soviet Unin m oly under-
scores sihat mons osersers
havie beet 'iredict for quite
awhile - that KenniWis' more
th:n witting to toss Is h-it into>
the political aren when the
prize to be won is the hi ,,hest of-
fice in the country.
BY TOUIRING the Soviet Un-

itn, Kennedy is using a tactic
comnin among presidentialt
hopefuls He wants to improve
bij image as an expert on fore-
it i affairs.
M any prsidentiat candidates,
tiarticutirl , thosa who emerge
from the Senate, initially have
ttle crediblity as masters of
foreign dipomay and to bolster
that wtak point undertake a
nniber of jankets to interna-
titil nimivers centers.
This proicess begins very earlsy
in the campaign strategy -
even before any formal an-

nouncement of candidacy, as is
the case with Kennedy.
IN TRAVELING through the
foreign countries, the potential
candidate gains a good dell of
media attention which in itself
is imprirtant, bit mre critically
builds a reputation as s'vmessne
invol:ed in international affairs.
Consequently it silt rot be
surprising to see Kennedy go to
other countries and in fact that
should be expected.
The Soviet excursion how-
ever, should be considered per-
haps the most important be-
cause of that country's status
as a super power. Moreover, the
Russian government's welcome
for Kennedy is indicative of the
significance of the six-day visit
madle two weeks ago.
Breznev met with the Senator
in a closed session for over
four hours on one occassion -
such a meeting is usually re-
served only for visiting heads of
Although Kennedy brought
members of his immediate fam-
ily with him, the trip was clear-

ly designed to roll up political
points rather than provide a
vacation-type excursion. It
would not be surprising to see
the Senator make a return trip
ta the USSR before he openly
declares his drive for the pre-
sidential itisiination.
Hanging o v e r Ken-
nedy's head even now
is the c 1 o u d of that
o ne rainy n i g h t can
Chappaquidick Island:
The effort to improve his im-
age is a necessary ploy Ken-
nedy must undertake if he wants
to become a viable candidate.
head even now is the cloud of
that one rainy night on Chap-
paquidick Island. If the Massa-
chusetts Democrat does in fact
garner the 1976 presidential

nomination, the race wifl pra-
bably become one of GOP scan-
dal versus Democratic scandal.
The Reoublicans will lhave to
rin with Watergate around their
neks and similarly Kenmedy
a the D2mocrats who would
bae ta ride his coattails to vic-
tore wilt be burdened with their
siw scandal.
Hlwever, Kennedy may be
ib to outdistance the antici-
ited attacks by appearing to
he far and way the best qtual-
fied contender for the Demo-
cratic nomination.
OF COURSE, the other politi-
cos aiming for the Democratic
nod in 19?6 will also be making
concerted efforts to improve
their own images in the foreign
policy area as well as in addi-
tional policy matters.
Moreover, if one of these con-
tenders can do his homework as
impressively as Kennedy has
set out to do, he could cop the
nomination if his background is
relatively scandal-free - given
the Senator's tenous position on
that score.

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