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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, August 3, 1978-Page 13

More on the Senate hopefuls



(Continued from Page9)
"stringer" for the Chicago Daily News
while he was a student at Oxford.
Power's university studies in political
science and especially economics, have
given him an understanding of both
domestic and international problems
shared by few of his opponents, and few
members of the U.S. Senate. He often
tackles answers to difficult questions
with a careful, step-by-step approach.
POWER CAN HOLD his own before
an audience, and generally comes off
better than most of the other can-
didates. But his forte is in a one-to-one
exchange; he is a good listener and
seems genuinely concerned.
Power has expressed special concern
for the poor. He has developed a num-
ber of programs he would introduce to
the Senate if he were elected aimed
specifically at the poor in urban areas.
He is also interested in finding ways of
making it easier for the average person.
to become involved in the political
process. In recognition of these and
other views, Power has been endorsed
by the "Black Slate" in Detroit.
Power said he views the U.S. Senate
and the role of a senator in two ways.
"One, there's the traditional role of
working within the legislative process,
trying to represent both the best in-
terest of your state and the best interest
of the country. Second," he continues,
"the Senate is one of the few places in
the country where there is a real forum
for new ideas.
"IT'S ONE OF the few places that, if
you try to think clearly about a
problem, and originally about it, you

can express those ideas and make them
a subject for debate, not only in the
Senate but also in various places
around the country."
Power has spent a lot of money to
show people what he wants them to see.
Although the image of Power represen-
ted in his many television spots is
probably not false, it is by no means the
whole man. Power has no political
record on which to stand, but in this age
of voter distrust of politicians it could
be just the ticket to get to Washington.
On the other hand, voters may find such
a lack of political experience
distressing in a candidate for U.S.

(Continued from Page8)
tions, and for good reason-his cam-
paign is in bad financial shape. Otter-
bacher has raised $84,484, has spent
$84,523 and owes more than $22,000. To
top things off, Charles Massoglia, a
computer expert who has done work for
Otterbacher, is suing the U.S. Senate
hopeful for the $4,300 worth of services
rendered. Massoglia has said he feared
Otterbacher would not be able to pay
his debts.
As a result, finance has become a
sore spot for Otterbacher. He criticizes
his fellow Democrats for using vast
sums to deliver the kind of message
the people want to hear instead of ad-
dressing the more traditional problems


he feels Democrats should be concer-
ned with, such as unemployment, care
for senior citizens, education and
national health care.
"In the process of trying to get (to the
Senate) we have become just like (Grif-
fin)" he told a woman's group. He said
Democrats should be "talking about
human problems" that have "human
casualties." He suggested that his
fellow candidates hit these issues not
just when in the streets of Detroit but
also in the suburbs where their
speeches tend to revolve around tax
limitation proposals.
Otterbacher came to the Michigan
House of Representatives in 1972. Two
years later he defeated the majority
leader of the Senate and came to a seat
occupied by Republicans for 40 years.
The non-partisan Public Interest
Research Group in Michigan
(PIRGIM) gave Otterbacher a 100 per
cent rating last session for his stands on
political reform, consumer protection,
social justice, and environmental
Otterbacher lives with his wife and
one child in Grand Rapids where he had
a private psychology practice before
entering politics. He is a Roman
Catholic and therefore has moral
problems with the question of abortion,
an important issue in this campaign.
One of Otterbacher's highest priority
issues is national health care - a sub-
ject on which he considers himself
something of an authority. He says
health care in this country is "crisis
oriented" and "rewards physicians for
treating the sick."

(Continued from Page8)
BOTH POWER AND Rosenbaum are
seeking strong support from the tradi-
tional blue collar constituency.
"There's a big middle class out there
that needs a lot of help," said Rosen-
When asked to define the role of the
Senate and of a senator, Rosenbaum
answered with an explanation of why he
was running for office.
"There is no job in the whole world
that you can see the tangible result of
your work better than the legislative
process. There is no position in the
legislative process that's more rewar-
ding from a positive point of view than

the United States Senate," he said.
moderate Democrat and lists national
defense as his highest priority. He
promises to take a hard line against the
Soviet Union and thinks the U.S. should
use the People's Republic of China as
wedge in negotiations with the U.S.S.R.
A six-year veteran of Lansine
politics, Rosenbaum is the chairman of
the House Judiciary Committee. He has
been tough on law and order issues. He
was the author of five bills designed to
put illicit drug dealers behind bars. He
has worked on bail reform, and anti-
pornography legislation.

In the last of the Summer Fare concerts hear one of the fore-
most contraltos of our day sing:
Praise be to Thee..................Handel
Spring is Coming.................Handel
Dido's Lament (from "Dido and Aeneas". .. .. . .. ...Purrell
Frauen-Liebe und Leben. R. Schumann
The Confession Stone (poems by Owen Dodson)
....... . .. .... . .. .. .. . .. ... . .. .. Robert Fleming
La Fraicheur et le Feu... .. . .. .. .. .. .. . ... .. ....Poulenr
Tickets are $4, $5.50, $7 at Burton Tower, weekdays 9-4:30,
Sat. 9-12. Phone 665-3717. Box office opens at 7 on the night
of the 7th.
at 8:J n atr-condittoned Rackham auditorium

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