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Tuesday, August 13, 1974


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Ford sticks with philosophy
he held while in Congress

Ford enters the White House
favoring revenue-sharing, a high
level of military spending, na-
tional health insurance and
Nixon-style foreign policy.
He opposes busing, a tax cut
now, economic controls and
amnesty for draft evaders.
He says inflation is world pub-
lic enemy No. 1, a threat to
peace and order as well as the
THESE ARE clues to the
man's political beliefs drawn
from his recent public state-
ments. Most of them were made
as Richard Nixon's spokesman,
but they are no different from
the philosophy he expressed in
25 years in the House of Repre-
Ford favors optimism and
compromise. He became minor-
ity leader in the House, where
give-and-take is a way of life.
"In all those years, side was all
wrong and the other side 100
per cent right," he once said.

Since he was picked to be
vice president last October, he
has traveled the country speak-
ing and being interviewed, in
many ways as though he were
campaigning for office.
HERE IS a sampler of his
statements during that time:
-On 'foreign policy: "Presi-
dent Nixon has innovated and
carried forward a bold and cou-
rageous foreign policy that his-
tory will credit in due perspec-
tive." June 4.
-World trade: "One great re-
sponsibility is the need to seek
a more open and equitable world
trading system. Another is to
assure a fair chance in the
world's markets . . . Trade is
essential to consolidate the
great strides that we have made
in the last five years toward a
new world partnership." July 6.
-Isolationism: "T h e r e has
been a tendency of our people
to turn inward . . . but I can-
not imagine that we will with-
draw from the world." July 1.

-Military spending: "There
are forces in Congress that want
to gut it, cut 'it, reduce it-at
the wrong time." June S.
-Arms reductions: "It is es-
sential to maintain adequate
force levels and a technological
lead while negotiations continue
. . . If negotiations fail and the
Soviet Union seeks military ad-
vantage, the United States must
be prepared to increase its
forces quickly and effectively."
Feb. 11.
-Inflation: ". . . World's pub-
lic enemy No. 1. Unless some-
thing is done, the cancer of
inflation could prove fatal - - -
A major threat to our free
economy and our form of gov-
ernment." Opposed any tax cut
and encouraged individuals to
curb buying of scarce goods.
April 26.
-Economic controls: "Tem-
porarily, they were helpful, but
they proved, as they have m
the past, to be no long-range
solution." April 26.
"I am opposed to the rnono-

lithic government which claims
to have all the answers. I prefer
to rely on the decision-making
power of 211 million Americans,
exercising their choices in the
market place, and the ability of
industry to respond to their
needs." Jan. 8.
-Big oil: "Let me here just
briefly affirm the administra-
tion's belief in the absolute ne-
cessity' of reasonable profits."
Jan. 31.
"Some consideration should be
given to some reasonable roll-
back on domestic crude prices."
Jan. 26.
-Revenue sharing: "Be pre-
pared to fight for it-revenue
sharing." May 24.
-National health insurane:
"If we do nothing to provide
national health insurance . . .
we are issuing an invit Ition to
those favoring outright sociali-
zation of medicine." June 25.
-Busing: "I feel very strong-
ly that to deal with integ: sted
schools by busing is very super-
ficial and very counterprodiuc-
tive . . . When individuals can
move and live where they wint
to. That's the basic way to deal
with the problem." July 2i.
-Amnesty: "Unconditional
blanket amnesty to anyone who
illegally evaded or fled military
service is wrong." Aug. 5.
--Marijuana: "I am not yet
convinced we ought to legalize
marijuana. My children keep
telling me that marijuana is
no worse than drinking a rnar-
tini or a scotch and soda.".
Jan. 10.
-Newspapers: "I ... read
the sports page first, 'cause you
got a 50-50 chance of being
right on the sports page. When
you read the front page, the
odds are a little tougher."
Jan. 10.
-.Reporters: "They are seek-
ers after truth. They are moti-
vated by the same emotions
tt'at inspire the rest of us-love
of country and dedication to
what's right." Nov. 5, 1973.
-On the possibility of becom-
ing President: "I think I've had
a reasonable training ground
and I have no fear . . . I'll do
the best with the background I
have and I have no apologies
for it." May 6.
-On Nixon: "I believe the
President is completely innocent
of all charges, and will remain
in office and complete his
term." June 111.
"There just isn't any evi-
dence." June 14.
"I still believe the President
is innocent of any impeachable
offese" Aug. 5.
"I intend to respectfully de-
cline to discuss impeachmen:
matters in public." Later the
same day, after Nixon said new
tapes would be damaging.
.-Executive privilege: "Exe-
cutive privilege is most often
used in opposition to the public
interest." 1963, reaffirmed dur-
ing confirmation hearing, Nov.
2, 1973.

-On granting clemency for
Nixon: "If I took an oath of
office to carry out the law of
the land, I wotuid certainly live
up to that oath . . . If the
law's violated, I think anybody
in public office has to carry
out his responsibility." Jan. 10.
-The Committee to Re-Elect
the President. "Never again
must Americans allow an arro-
gant, elite guard of political
adolescents like CREEP to by-
pass the regular party organi-
zation and dictate the terms of
a national election." March 30.
-H o n e s t y in government:
"The more people we have who
believe in and practice truth
and honesty in their dealings
with others, the fewer problems
we will have in government."
June 14.
"No moti'ation, none what-
soever, justifies the doing of
evil . . . We have shuddered
under the weight of the ham-
mer blows that fall ttpon a
nation w h e n high-placed indi-
viduals engage in wrongdoing in
the mistaken belief that the end
justifies the means." June 17.
-Running in 1976: "1 have
said many times that I have no
intention of being a candidate
for any particular office in
1976." Feb. 18.
"I am very definitely ruling
myself out as a presidential
candidate . . . in '76 and for
any time thereafter." Nov. 26,
-Pessimism: "I will not per-
mit the doomsayers itto on ttit
a self-fulfilling prisphesy -f de-
feat and despair .. . Our great
est threat ctomes from no for-
eiwa foe btt from those at hime
who seek to imose the p)er
of neotit e thinking." Jute 3.
-Oil being deacribed as a
plodder: "Yon know, tte-e's
the old storr of the tortoise and
the hare." Jan. 10.
-Domestic life: "I'm a 1-usy
cook. B-it I really enjoy doitg
dishes." Jan. 10.
-Formal titles: "In in'imate
situations, why, I do like to
have people still call me Jerry
and I'm still a little unaccus-
tomed to people saying Mr.
Vice President." Jan. 10.
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PRESIDENT GERALD FORD works at his desk in the White House Oval Office. Ford, during
his 25 years in the House of Representatives and as vice president, favored optimism and com-
promise in working out legislative problems.
Ford has opportunity
to build strength

AP News Analysis
Ford will have two early
chances to show whether he
takes the task of building a
strengthened national Republi-
can party more seriously than
his two GOP predecessors.
The first will come when he
picks a vice president, the sec-
ond in his approach to Novem-
ber's midterm elections.
FOR ALL of their own per-
sonal success at the polls, neith-
er Dwight Eisenhower nor Rich-
ard Nixon paid much attention
to restoring the national Repub-
lican dominance that-prevailed
before F r a n k Ii n Roosevelt's
election to the presidency in
Eisenhower, the war hero
turned statesman, had little in-
terest: Nikoi a party man all
his life, became more and more
interested In hiseown political
fortunes exclusively.
Gne of the legacies ofthe,1972
campaign, besides the scandal,

that ultimately drove him from
office, was the bitterness in the
GOP over the President's failure
to help bring other Republicans
in on his coattails.
sas, the 1972 GOP chairman,
has said he felt like an outsider
at Nixon's victory celebration.
GOP lawmakers always felt
Nixon could have saved several
senators who suffered narrow
But Ford demonstrated in his
long congressional tenure and
his brief spell as vice president
a devotion to follow Republicans
that could spell brighter GOP
days ahead.
His major task, in recent
months, has been 'to help Re-
publican candidates, part of a
broader effort to giye leadership
to the' party . at a time the na-
tional adminjstration was floun-
SOME EFFORTS this fall in
behalf of Republicans seem in-
evitable, and an extended.Ford
honeymoon could be a big boost

to GOP candidates.
Before that, however, Ford
must pick his No. 2 man, and
the choice will tell much about
his views on the party.
In the past, Ford has talked
of the need to broaden the GOP.
base, a view that led him to
help liberal Republicans as well
as conservatives and to suggest
in 1968 that Nixon choose a
liberal running mate.
Such a view now would ap-
pear to dictate the choice of a
party moderate, either an es-
tablished figure such as Nelson
Rockefeller or a younger Re-
publican such as Gov Daniel
E v a n s of Washington, Sen.
Mark Hatfield of Oregon or Sen.
Edward Brooke of Massachu-
Many GOP liberals fear a
great chance would be wasted
if Ford picked a fellow con-
servative, such as Sen. Barry
Goldwater or Gov. Ronald Rea-
gan, especially since the choice
must be approved by the Demoa-
cratic-controlled Congress, rath-
er than a conservatively based
GOP National Convention.

transcendental meditation
as taught by
" Provides deep rest -
as a preparation for a
dynamic activity'"
Introductory Lecture, -
TONIGHT-August 13 ,
Henderson Room
Michigan League "
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