hursday, August 8, 1974
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Nixon may resign soon
VICE PRESIDENT Gerald Ford walks through the office door
of House Minority Leader John Rhodes of Arizona in Wash-
ington yesterday. Ford met with Rhodes to discuss the cur-
rent situation. Rhodes said of Nixon's ability to govern now,
"I would say it has been sadly impaired."
to work together,
(Continued from Page 1) THE THREE leaders reported At a morning news briefing,
ment would permit Nixon to on their meeting with Nixon in Warren refused to rule out
step a s i d e temporarily and a nationally t e 1 e v i s e d and resignation, but said Nixon
make, Vice President Gerald broadcast news conference on "does not intend to resign."
Ford acting chief executive, the White House lawn. In answer to other questions
Following the session, Rhodes' "We had a good thorough dis- about the late afternoon meet-
office said he was cancelling a cussion," Goldwater said. "I ing, Warren said "we expect no
trip to the West Coast with Ford think I speak for my two col- statement" by the President.
where both were to appear at leagues when I say that we THE P R 0 V D E N C E
a GOP telethon. A spokesman were extremely impressed .vith R.t. Journal Bulletin quoted d
said Rhodes wanted to stay in the uppermost thought in his "reliable source close to the
the capital to manage a cam- mind which is whatever deci- re " he P
paign finance bill on the House sion he makes it will be in the President "as sayingo the sc-
floor, although that bill had been best interest of our country." sintha the a nees
scheduled for floor action for sion that the national iterest
several weeks. Saying they had made no may best be served by his resig-
suggestions, Goldwater added: nation."
""We were merely there to offer The Phoenix, Ariz. Gazette
what we see as the conditions published a similar report and
on both floors," a situation Managing Editor Alan Moyer
R h o d e s described as "very said it had come from "unim-
painful to all of us." peachable sources."
GOLDWATER said they had Nixon aide, when asked about
told Nixon "the situation is very a possible resignation, replied,
P gloomy on Capitol Hill." "I wouldn't rule it out." Asked
Rhodes, who announced on if a resignation was imminent,
S Tuesday that he would vote for the aide said, "I have no ink-
(Continued lion Page 3) impeachment, said, "It is well ling it will be today."
known that the situation in the
derson of Illinois, former Atty. Heuse has deteriorated to such ANOTHER Presidential as-
Gen. Elliot Richardson and an extent that impeachment is sistant described resignation as
Gov. Ronald Reagan of Cali- a foregone conclusion." 'a real possibility." But he said
fornia. Rhodes said they received no he had no solid information
indication what Nixon's decision resignation was imminent.
THE NEWSPAPER said it on resignation might be and W h i t e House secretaries
had obtained the list but did "there was no time element in- reached by telephone uniform-
not say where it came from. volved." ly said their offices were very
The Sun-Times also said sour- ASKED TO assess the situa- busy and that it was an nu-
ces close to Ford stated the vice tion in the Senate where an uni day
president has already instructed impeachment trial would be Nixon's press officers hurried
members of his staff to prepare held, Goldwater said, "We have conferences than usual.
an inaugural address. no way of making nose counts.
According to one close asso- I myself have not made up my
ciate, the newspaper said, Ford mSctt also said "there has
is likely to praise Nixon for his been no nose count," but added,
selflessness in resigning, out- "there has been some erosion
line the successes of the Nixon in the Senate."
era and assure the nation that The Pennsylvania Republican
the President's foreign policy described Nixon as "in entire
initiatives would be pursued. control of h i m s e 1 f. He is
In Washington, the vice presi- serene." See
dent's press secretary, Paul The congressional leaders ar-
Miltich, said the report that rived at the White House short-
Ford instructed his staff to pre- ly after 5 p.m., EDT, and were news
pare an inaugural address "was spotted by newsmen. Soon after,
a complete fabrication." Deputy Press Secretary Gerald ha n
Miltich said he personally Warren told reporters the meet-
asked the vice president about ing was in progress.
earlier news reports that Ford ASKED IF NIXON had re- call
had signaled his staff to begin signed or was going to, Warren
making preparations for his as- replied, "I have nothing to say 76-DAILY
sumption to the presidency in to you other than what I said
case President Nixon leaves the to you this morning."
Miltich quoted Ford as saying,
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. "We intend launching a joint
campaign to defeat Marvin
Esch," Pierce and Reuther said
in a statement released last
night. The two indicated they
will attack the incumbent's al-
legedly inadequate leadership
and the record of the Nixon ad-
Despite differences on some
issues, Pierce and Reuther
claimed they could work togeth-
er because those disagreements
"pale next to the Republican"
IN TUESDAY'S ELECTION,
Pierce and Reuther finished far
ahead of the remaining three
candidates. The approximate to-
tals are: Reuther 12,800; Pierce
12,800; Eastern Michigan Uni-
versity professor Marjorie Lan-
sing 7,700; Ypsilanti Asst. City
Attorney Ronald Egnor 6,300;
and retired engineer Theo Wil-
Pierce, a local physician who
five years ago abandoned his
private practice to found the
Summit St. medical center
which provides care for low-in-
come persons, has been active
in the Democratic Party for
An organizer for George Mc-
Govern's presidential campaign
in Massachusetts, Reuther has
lived in Ypsilanti for 18 months.
He is also the nephew of the
late United Auto Workers union
president Walter Reuther.
Pierce initiated the idea of a
dual campaign-a concept that
has been hailed as unique by
the candidates. Many of the
specifics surrounding the actual
electioneering have yet to be
worked out, they added.
IN THE primary, Pierce took
stands in favor of unconditional
amnesty and busing for the pur-
poses of r a c i a 1 integration.
Reuther on the other hand backs
amnesty with an alternate serv-
ice requirement and flatly op-
Reuther indicated these and
other differences w o u ld be-
down-played in favor of an ag-
gressive drive aimed specifical-
ly at Esch.
The two Democrats have both
favored an improved national
health care plan, re-appropria-
tion of federal funds from the
Department of Defense into so-
cial s e r v i c e programs, and
stricter c a m p ai g n financing
"We will re-enforce each other
to defeat Esch," Pierce said.
"We are compatriots in the
At the press briefing, both
candidates vowed to support
which ever one is finally de-
clared the official winner be-
cause "this is the year the Dem-
ocrats will beat the incumbent."
Once a victor is decided, he
alone, will continue campaign-
ing as the Democratic candi-
In the primary election, Pierce
garnered most of his votes in
Washtenaw County and won
handily in the city. Reuther
fared much better in Monroe
and Livonia where he defeated
Before the polls opened Tues-
day, Reuther was considered
the front runner because of a
well - bankrolled c a m p a i g n
strong union connections, and
a sound organizational machine
Pierce, in contrast, seemed
destined to finish no better than
third with a war chest contain
ing only $17,000-less than half
Reuther's total. Observers als
questioned how well the libera
doctor would do outside the im
mediate Ann Arbor area.