Friday, August 9, 1974
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Friday, August 9, 1974 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Nine
Party leaders hope Ford
will bring country together
Esch calls for continued
WASHINGTON AP) - Congres-
sional leaders of both parties
said last night they hope Presi-
dent Nixon's resignation will
lead the nation out of the ag-
ony of Watergate and into an
era of national reconciliation
under the presidency of Gerald
They universally praised Ford
and pledged wholehearted sup-
port as he begins his new ad-
Many Republicans and some
I) e m o c r a t s said Repub-
lican election chances have
greatly improved in this fall's
House and Senate races.
And some said the change of
oresidential leadership c o u I d
lead to a GOP triumph - with
Ford as the candidate - in
the 1976 elections.
Senate Republican leader
Hugh Scott of Pennsylvania said
Watergate had put the country
Public relieved over
(Continued from Page 3) on his way to a doctor's appoint-
him if necessary." ment reflected b r i e ftl y on
NOT EVERYBODY was so Nixon's impending resignation.
cold-hearted in their assessment "ACTUALLY, he wasn't the
of the Nixon presidency, how- worst president we've ever
ever. Several people claimed had," he said. "I don't approve
they felt genuinely sorry for of what he did but I think he
him. could've stayed in office. After
"It's really too bad. I know he all, he's no better, no worse than
did wrong, but that's some- any other politician."
thing he has to take up with And then there were those who
God, not the American people," were almost oblivious to yes-
said an elderly woman enjoying terday's historic event.
the sun on People's Plaza. "The "I really can't say-I have no
public isn't very forgiving, opinion," said a road repairman
they'd just as soon crucify him filling a pothole on South Uni-
as anything else." versity. "How should I know,
A middle-aged executive hur- I'm from Ypsilanti. I don't read
rying through Nickels Arcade Ann Arbor newspapers."
on the "very edge of a ner-
tous breakdowvn" but that the
vay is nos o(e to a "healing
Ind mending" process under
Assistant Senate Democratic
leader Robert Byrd of West Vir-
ginia said Nixon's speech left
many unanswered questions and
"they may always be unans-
"You have a new (gan going
in and I think the natural reac-
tion of the people in both par-
ties is going to be to join and
support him in his efforts to
unify the country," Byrd said.
I should think it would have
a good impact on Republicans
all over the country."
Assistant Senate Republican
leader Robert Griffin of Mich-
igan, who called for Nixon to
resign early in the week, called
Nixon's decision both agoniz-
ing and courageous.
"If we unite now, behind our
new President, giving him our
help and our prayers, the re-
public will emerge from this
wrenching experience, stronger
By JEFF DAY
special To The Daily
WASINGTON - ('ongress -
man Marvin Esch (R-Antt Ar-
bor) called for the contituation
of impeachment proceedings
against Richard Nixon, despite
the President's announcement
that he will resign from office.
"We are going to get a report
from the House Judiciary Com-
mittee and I'm in favor of let-
ting those who want to testify
since the public is entitled to
know w h a t the commtitee
has found out," he said.
BUT HE also expressed doubt
that Congress should continue
alt the way to the Senate.
"In many ways, Congress
should continue the impeach-
ment process viewed in the
long-range historical precedent
that resignation sets. But in
the short range, resignation gets
us over a period of distress
and we can move ahead on the
Esch doubted that it would
be within the powers of Con-
gress to grant immunity to
THE FORD presidency will
do mitch to bring the country,
which has been divided by the
Wtergate constrtsersy for two
years, hack together, according
"The most important thing
we can do now is rid ourselves
of the adversary relationship
which has grown up 'etween
Congress and the White louse,.
And that of course is Jerry
Ford's strongest trait," he said,
IHis personal favorites for the
vice presidency which will be
left open by Ford's elevation to
office are former New York
Gov. Nelson Rockefeller and
ex-attorney General Elliot Rich-
BUT, ESCli said he would
also look with favor on a vice
presidencs held by G e o r g e
Bush, the Reptblican national
chairman or Melvin laird, ex-
Secretary of Defense.
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