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Page 12-Thursday, August 3, 1978-The Michigan Daily
They want the Senate seat



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for the city of Detroit.
Before an audience, Levin leans
heavily on the polls he has com-
missioned which show his strength
against Democratic opponents. The
polls do show that Levin enjoys a com-
fortable lead among not only his fellow
Democrats, but against incumbent Re-
publican Robert Griffin as well.
BUT LEVIN'S CRITICS say the only
poll that counts is the one on August8.
Like Power and VanderVeen, Levin
has collected several big name endor-
sements. Probably the most stunning
came from Jane Hart, widow of the late
Sen. Phil Hart, who endorsed Levin just
two weeks ago. Yesterday, Georgia
State Rep. Julian Bond, who rose to
national prominence during the 1972
Democratic National Convention, flew
into Detroit to stump for Levin.
Levin has also been endorsed by State
Rep. Perry Bullard (D-Ann Arbor).
Levin said the Senate should be a
"watchdog over the executive branch."
He also said it should be "creative and
initiate legislation." But Levin said he

felt the key role of the Senate has been
overlooked-"that is to make
legislation work."
told the congregation of the Pleasant
Grove Baptist Church that his election
"would be a symbol" that Detroit is
having a rebirth. Worried that his scope
is restricted to big cities, Levin's critics
say he doesn't understand the problems
of small towns or farming com-
But Levin says his experience with
'federal programs can be applied to any
situation. He said farmers go through
the same federal bureaucratic red tape
he muddled through with the Depar-
tment of Housing and Urban Develop-
ment (HUD) in Detroit.
Levin's experiences on the Detroit
City Council was bounteous. He has ex-
posed HUD red-lining practices, spon-
sored an ordinance providing man-
datory jail sentences for city gun law
violators, sponsored an ordinance
which prohibits discrimination against
the handicapped and sponsored an or-
dinance banning the sale of products
made from the skins of endangered
species, to lista few.

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recent impeachment movement in
Congress. He said Young has taken con-
siderable unwarranted abuse from his op-
ponents in the primary.
VanderVeen said Young "does talk
from the top of his head and an am-
bassador should not." But he said
Young was still one of the country's
best statesmen.
A World War II and Korean War
veteran, VanderVeen is the oldest of all
the Democratic Senate hopefuls.
Though he is the least effective public
speaker, he is able to address every
issue with a clear, concise and thought-
ful statement.
Senate as "a unique part of the gover-
nment" due to its direct involvement in
foreign affairs. He believes a senator is
reponsible for helping his state to the
fullest extent possible. He said he would
like the opportunity to make the Senate
"conform to the times in which we
He seems particularly interested in
foreign affairs and exhibits a better
than average understanding of inter-
national relations including foreign aid
and political economics. But, Vander-

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Veen has apparently disturbed some
Jewish voters by calling Israeli Prime
Minister Menachem Begin a "hard-
A former member of the Michigan
Mental Health Commission, Vander-
Veen said a national health care
program is one of his highest priorities.
BUT WHAT HAS most effectively set
VanderVeen apart from his fellow can-
didates is his undaunted attack on big
business and political elites. He is the
only Senate candidate who opposes both
tax limitation proposals before
Michigan voters.
VanderVeen said he opposes the
Tisch and the so-called Headlee
proposals because he knows who backs
them. He said the Amway Corp. has
contributed $20,000 to the Taxpayers
United organization, the sponsors of the
Headlee proposal. He charged that only
the rich business elites will benefit from
this form of tax limitation.
Michigan, and the country, need "a
tax system which treats people fairly
and honestly," VanderVeen said. He
advocates a tax system based on an in-
dividual's ability to pay.
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Derezinski will ever have the oppor-
tunity to live up to that model of a U.S.
Senator seems doubtful at this time. He
has raised only $44,407 for his primary
campaign and has spent $43,558 - the
smallest expenditure of all the
Democratic candidates.
Derezinski swims at the local YMCA
in Lansing as often as possible to stay in
shape. But like the rest of the can-
didates, he has found little time during
the campaign to maintain a steady
physical fitness program. .
It is difficult .to find anyone who
doesn't like Derezinski, who prefers
"Tony" to "Anthony." In fact, walking
anywhere in Lansing with the well-
known senator can be a trying ex-
perience. It seems as though every ten
steps someone stops him to shoot the
Derezinski said national defense is
high on his priority list. He said he was
"very troubled" by the nassive Soviet
troop build-up in Eastern Europe. "It's
becoming ominous," he said. And
probably because he was a Navy man
he is troubled by the decline in
American naval power and growth of
the Soviet fleet.
"The (U.S.) Navy has to go ahead
with ship building," he said.
The state legislator also said "we are
going to have to reestablish the in-
tegrity of the (Central Intelligence
Agency)," an action he calls "a very
big priority."
In 1900, three million Americans, or
one in 25, were over 65 years of age. The
figures for 1977 show that one in every
10 Americans, or 23 million, are over 65.
When the St. Francis, Calif., dam
burst in March 13, 1928, the disaster


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