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Page 2-Wednesday, August 2, 1978-The Michigan Daily
Crane's hat in ring for 1980

WASHINGTON (AP) - The first hat
in the 1980 Republican presidential ring
belongs to Rep. Philip Crane, a youthful
conservative who hopes to capture the
support of the GOP right wing before
Ronald Reagan decides whether to
make one more try for the presidency.
Crane intends to announce his can-
didacy at a news conference today.
"OBVIOUSLY, AS a House member
without the name identification of a
Gerald Ford or a Ronald Reagan, the
earlier you get in and start working, the
better," Crane told reporters at" a
recent breakfast.
His announcement will be no sur-
prise, least of all to Reagan, who got
advance word from the Illinois
congressman at a closed-door meeting
last week.
"A very articulate man, a fine
Republican," Reagan said after the
meeting. And Crane is always careful
to pay due deference to the former
California governor, who remains the
overwhelming favorite of Republican
Reagan are close; Crane served as
San Bernardino County, California,
the largest county in the United States,
occupies 20,119 square miles. The
smallest county is New York County,
which includes New York City, and
covers 23 square miles.

Reagan's Illinois campaign manager in
But at 47, Crane is 20 years younger
than Reagan, and that may give the
congressman's candidacy a boost.
Crane, however, won't say he thinks
Reagan is too old to make another run
for the presidential nomination.
"I don't think that, really, age alone
is the most important consideration by
any means."
AN EARLY supporter of the
presidential candidacy of Barry Gold-
water in 1964, Crane was elected to
Congress in 1969 to succeed Donald
Rumsfeld, a Republican who gave up
the seat to join the Nixon ad-
As chairman of the American Con-
servative Union (ACU), Crane began
building a constituency on the GOP
right that extends far beyond the bor-
ders of his suburban Chicago district.
He attracted national attention as a
leader of the unsuccessful campaign to
defeat the Panama Canal treaties, an
effort on which the ACU spent $1.4
million, principally for radio and
television ads that featured Crane
arguing that, "There is no Panama
Canal - there is an American canal in
THE ACU NOW is mounting cam-
paigns on other issues, including op-
position to an arms limitation treaty
with the Soviet Union and support for
moves to cut taxes and limit federal

Crane acknowledges that his impen-
ding candidacy has drawn some
criticism from conservatives who don't
want him to challenge Reagan.
"I think we can both carry the con-
servative banner," says Crane, "along
with Jack Kemp and Orrin Hatch," two
other conservative Republican mem-
bers of Congress with presidential am-
With an eye toward the need to
broaden his base, Crane refuses to be
drawn into this year's Republican
primary contests, even those that pit
conservative against liberal.


Cambodian border war

namese air force has been bombing and
strafing Cambodian troops on an un-
precedented scale in their border war,
according to a U.S. iptelligence report.
The Vietnamese pilots are believed to
be flying American-built warplanes
captured at the end of the Southeast
Asia war.
culated among U.S. Military and



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report says
civilian officials, said the Vietnamese
are using much heavier air power to
support ground attacks against what
was described as fierce resistance in-
side Cambodia.
There was no indication of any Cam-
bodian air opposition. At best, the
Cambodians are believed to have only a
handful of old and small propeller-
driven T-28s, which had been converted
from training planes to fighter-
bombers before the U.S.-backed Cam-
bodian government was toppled by
communist forces in 1975.
Analysts wrote that the border
fighting between Cambodia and Viet-
nam, one-time communist allies, is no
longer a territorial dispute but has
become a matter of far-reaching
national significance for both.
sporadically 'since shortly after the
Southeast Asia war ended with the fall
of Saigon in 1975, but is reported to have
become especially serious since late
last year.
The analysts said the Vietnamese
leadership is sending troops southward
from the Hanoi area, along with
significant amounts of equipment and
that the Vietnamese Assembly in Hanoi
recently approved a big increase in the
country's military budget.
The analysts do not suggest that the
Vietnamese are planning a takeover of
Cambodia, but say Hanoi's current ob-
jective appears to be to punish Cam-
bodian forces so badly that they will not
be able to penetrate into Vietnam in the
IN THEIR report, U.S. intelligence
analysts wrote that Vietnamese war-
planes have mounted intense and
sustained air attacks since mid-June,
particularly in a Cambodian area op-
posite Vietnam's Tay Ninh Province.
Intelligence sources did not identify
the aircraft involved, but Pentagon of-
ficials said it is believed Vietnamese
pilots may be using some of the 113
U.S.-bujilt A-37 light bombers and 73 F-
5 fighter-bombers captured when South
Vietnam collapsed over three years
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