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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Tuesday, May 18, 1976

Ford 'tracks' through state

By BARBARA ZAHS
Special To The Daily
President Ford made a 165-
mile whistle stop train trip
through what he termed the
"heart of Michigan" Saturday,
telling the crowds that he 'must
win" in his home state's primary
today.
Not since the heyday of Harry
Truman in 1948 has an incum-
bent president campaigned by
train.
THE TRIP was part of Ford's
new down-to-earth approach of

bringing his campaign directly
before the people.
"It's only a one-day trip, but
it's the beginning of a great
trip from now to November 2
when we're going to win the
election," Ford said.
The train, dubbed the Presi-
dential Express, took the Presi-
dent and the First Lady from
Flint to Niles, with stops at
Durand, Lansing, Battle Creek
and Kalamazoo.
WHITE HOUSE officials es-
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50,000 people braved the rain
and came out to see the Presi-
dent. Crowds of several thousand
awaited the train at each of its
stops. In addition, there were
people standing all along the
route of the train-in backyards,
fields, even in trees-trying to
catch a glimpse of the Presiden-
tial Express as it rolled by.
Ford's remarks focused on the
improvements that his adminis-
tration has made in the coun-
try's economic and employment
situation.
"It wasn't an easy job. We
had a lot of things to do," he
told a Battle Creek audience.
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"AND YOU blew it!" a heck-
ler shouted out in response.
Ford quickly retorted, "We
blew it in the right direction,
young man .. . And if you'd go
out and look for a job you'd
find one!"
The Presidetdt's journey be-
gan in Flint, where he spoke
from the rear platform of the
train.
HE TOLD a cheering crowd
of 2,000 that he thinks he ought
to win the Michigan primary
because he has "done a good
job" in the 21 months he has
been in office.
"Of course I have had a lot
of help from First Mama, too,"
the President quipped, referring
to his wife Betty who stood at
his side.
Fordpraised his administra-
tion and cited his accomplish-
ments rather than defending
himself against criticism from
his opponent, former California
governor Ronald Reagan.
"BECAUSE of my openness,
my candor, and my proven in-
tegrity, the American people
know that they have a reason
to have the feeling of confidence
in the White House and the
President of the United States,"
he said.
He spoke of the state of the
economy, telling the Flint audi-
ence that "I know Michigan has
had a tough time in the last 12
months. We have had - difficult
times around the United States,
but I inherited the situation,"
Ford said.
The President added that with
his policies, "everything that is
supposed to be going down is
going down and everything that
is supposed to be going up is
going up."
HE URGED the voters to give
him "the support that I think
this record deserves."
In Durand, Ford told an audi-
ence that there are now 87,400,-
000 workers in the country-an
alt-time high.
"It's not goodsenough, but it's
a record," he said.
HE ASKED the people of the
small town for their support,
saying, "I won't let Michigan
down-don't you let me down!"
The train travelled on to Lan-
sing, where Ford expressed con-
fidence in his whistle stop cam-
paign.
"Just a few years ago Presi-
dent Harry Truman won with a
whistle stop, President Eisen-
hower won with a whistle stop,
and President Ford is going to

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win with a whistle stop," he
declared.
FORD TOLD voters in the
state's capital, "I think I have
earned to the right to be Presi-
dent for the next four years."
He emphasized his accomplish-
ments in the areas of peace,
prosperity and trust; the triple
theme which has dominated the
President's campaign in recent
weeks.
"We have got trust, we are
making things better here at
home, we are achieving the
kind of economic progress that
is necessary, and we have got
peace in America today," he
said.
FORD WAS in a jovial mood
when he arrived in Battle Creek.
"You know I'm an old Michi-
gander-literally old," he said.
"I played football back in
Ann Arbor when the ball was
round," he joked.
THE UNIVERSITY'S football
coach Bo Schembechler and
basketball coach Johnny Orr
were at Ford's side in Battle
Creek.
The President explained to the
audience, "The Ford candidacy
has the kind of momentum that
the U of M football team had
last year and the basketball
team had this year, with one
exception-we're going to win
the final one!"
In Kalamazoo, Ford told an
enthusiastic crowd that the
Michigan primary is "a very im-
portant election."
"It could give us the momen-
tum to win in Kansas City. It
could give us the momentum to
win in November," he said.

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