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Wednesday, July-9, 1975

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Seven

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Ford enters 1976 presidential race

(Continued from Page 1)
for former Gov. Ronald Rea-
gan of California, a Republican,
confirmed reports that a com-
mittee to explore Reagan's
chances in the 1976 presidential
campaign was being formed
with Reagan's knowledge.,
P E T E R Hannaford, the
spokesman, said Reagan was
told a few days ago that the
committee would be formed but
he indicated that Reagan had
not directly encouraged the
move.
As Ford was speaking to re-
porters, sources disclosed that
a committee is being formed to
explore and perhaps organize
a 1976 presidential campaign
for former Gov. Ronald Rea-
gan of California.

The sources, however, disa-
greed on whether the commit-
tee was supported by Reagan
or was an effort by supporters
to show Reagan that he has
backing to challenge Ford.
D E M O C R A T I C Na-
tional Chairman Robert Strauss,
reacting to Ford's announce-
ment, said he expects Ford to
be nominated in 1976 but pre-
dicted the Democrats would
win.
He called Ford a likeable and
honorable candidate but said
"we will nominate an equally
likeable and honorable Demo-
crat ."
The official announcement
was anticlimactic, in that it
had been promised for nearly
nine months - since shortly
after Ford took office last Aug.

9 - and followed by 18 days the
creation of an official Ford
campaign committee.
APART FROM pledges
of how he will conduct himself
between now and the election
16 months hence, Ford's state-
ment contained only one ele-
ment of fresh news - the se-
lection of Robert Moot, a for-
mer assistant secretary of de-
fense, to be his campaign
treasurer.
Contrary to original expecta-
tions, there were no live micro-
phones or television cameras in
the Oval Office for Ford's ap-
pearance. This reflected his de-
cision to make the announce-
ment without unusual fanfare.
The event was filmed and re-
corded for later television-radio

broadcast.
FORD SAID he will seek the
Republican nomination for pres-
idency "with three qualifica-
tions, which I want all Ameri-
cans to know.
First, "I intend to conduct
an open and above-board cam-
paign," adhering to "the spirit
and the letter of the law and
without compromising the prin-
ciples for which I have stood all
of my public life."
Second, he declared, "I will
not forget my initial pledge to
be President of all the people"
and thus will seek the support
of political independents as well
as party members."
THIRD, he said, "I am deter-
mined never to neglect my first

duty as President. After , 11
months in this office I know
full well that the obligations of
the presidency require most of
the stamina and concentration
one human being can muster.
But it is also the duty of all
Americans to participate fully
in our free elective nrocess, and
I will do so enthusiastically."
I expect to work hard, cam-
paign forthrightly and do the
very best I can for America in
order to finish the job I have
begun."
Ford's announcement was
witnessed by four key members
of his campaign entourage, his
son Jack, and a small group of
reporters, photographers and
TV-radio technicians. Mrs.
Ford was not present.

Reagan denies reports

(Continued from Page 1)
Reagan accused the Demo-
crats of bringing the nation "to
the brink of economic ruin"
and of badly handling foreign
affairs.
Knight newspapers reported
yesterday that Reagan had
reached a tentative decision to
run against Ford. They said
the tipoff was the presence in
Washington of longtime Rea-
gan adviser Lyn C. Nofziger.
NOFZIGER, who the story
said is organizing the commit-
tee, met Monday with attorney
John Sears, a key organizer of
former President Richard M.
Nixon's 1968 campaign and a
political intimate of Reagan.

Party conservatives have
been anxious for a Reagan
challenge to Ford. But a recent
Harris Poll showed Ford, who
earlier had led Reagan by a 30-
23 percentage margin among
Republicans, now leading by a
40-17 percentage margin.
Reagan appeared to be wait-
ing in the wings for a nomina-
tion bid at the 1972 GOP con-
vention, but made no overt ef-
fort for the nomination.
He stepped down as Califor-
nia governor last year after
two terms in the statehouse at
Sacramento. At that time he
said he would devote his time
to a syndicated radio broad-
cast, lecturing and ranching in
the hills above Santa Barbara.

Assistant Attorney General to
inspect Ypsilanti State Hospital

State house to start debate

on poflitcal
LANSING (UPI)-IHouse lead-
ers hoped to start debate today
on a comprehensive political re-
form bill that would clamp
down on lobbyists, limit cam-
paign expenses and donations
and spell out a code of ethics
for public officials.
The proposal, backed by lead-
ers of both parties and Gov.'
William Milliken, must be en-
acted by late summer in order
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Democrats caucused on the
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poblicans scheduling a closed-
door meeting on the bill today.
Rep. John Markes (D-West-
land), an architect of the pro-
posal, said he hoped the House
could begin work on the bill to-
day and perhaps send it to the
Senate by the end of this week.
"I'M OPTIMISTIC about the
bill," Markes said. "Of course,
you can't foresee all the prob-
lems.
"All it would take would be
one guy who didn't want the
bill, to get up and offer a hun-
dred amendments and delay it."
The bill would set up a state
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(Continued from Page 3)
the higher level of services-
and the only place those services
can be provided at the hospital
is on C1-3."
DR. BERNON Stehman, the
director of the hospital was "un-
available for comment" yes-
terday, according to his secre-
tary. The Michigan Department
of Mental Health also refused to
say anything on the matter be-
yond a health official's remark,
"We aren't going to comment on
that because the matter is in
litigation."
However, Gilbert's contention
that it is important to his clients'
mental welfare that they stay in
Ward Cl-3 may be plausible.
Nine days ago Rattray, a 19-
year-old with organic brain dam-
age, set fire to his room after
barricading himself in -- a sort
of act which he has not com-
mitted for at least eight months.
"We don't knew why he did
it," Gilbert explained, "but
maybe, maybe it was because
of the ward's closing.
The National Automobile
Club points out that tailgating
is not only dangerous, but can
also cause gravel to be thrown
back onto your car, nicking the
bumper, finish or windshield.

STEHMAN stated last week budgets. They don't have much
that the reason why Ward C1-3 political clout because they are
is scheduled to be closed down a minority and many of them
August 1 is because the hospital don't vote.
is reducing their patient load Last week Federal Judge Phil-
and staff because of budgetary lip Pratt struck down a motion
problems. Health officials then by Gilbert to put a temporary
decided there would not be the restraining order on the hos-
need for an educational ward pital's intention to close Ward
after they completed training CI-3. However, the attorney hat
the current staff in the ward. filed another motion which
In reference to the budgetary would involve a preliminary in-
roemsrn t the sitaldsfacnget junction against the hospital.
problems the hospital is facing, With the court hearing sched-
Gilbert stated: "Mental patients uled for July 25, Wheeker is in-
never get the lion's share of vestigating the case.
Dorm cutcacks finalized
(Continued from Page 5) might result in the formation of
easiest to implement." a new "religious sect" next
He also told the committee fall.
that proposals for severe re- "A high church of East Quad"
strictions in meal rebates for may be put together next fall
religious groups are still a part to get the rebate approval,
of the money-saving drive. Beauvais predicted.
Students appealed to the Re- She also presented a number
gents last month to veto the re- of proposals designed to further
bate option program's proposed economize on food costs. Her
cutbacks, but the Board delayed suggestions included replace-
action on the request until their ment of student meal-ticket
upcoming July meeting, when checkers with full-time staff
they will receive details of the and :the banning of knapsacks,
dorm service cuts. purses, coats and guests with-
EAST QUAD Director Kathy in the cafeteria area.
Beauvais, however, said Feld- "Th e r e is an incredible
kamp's proposed meal rebate re- amount of food going out of the
strictions to members of religi- cafeterias with the help of these
ous groups with special diets things," Beauvais said.

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