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May 11, 1976 - Image 4

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The MichiganDaily
Edited and managed by Students at the
University of Michigan
Tuesday, May 11, 1976
News Phone: 764-0552
Modernizing the Marin
1ROM THE halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tr
the U. S. Marine Corps must get its camp in arc
it plans to remain a worthwhile segment of the a
The Corps in recent years has been beset with sl
recruiting measures, but the most noticeable thorn
side remains last December's California boot camp1
Ing which resulted in the March death of a young
The private, described as mentally handica
was allegedly forced to engage in several match(
pugil-stick training -. maneuvers using long, pa
poles designed to simulate bayonet tactics - as a
ishment, and was beaten into unconsciousness.
Such a tragic and unnecessary death, is Indic
of the regimen the Marines have sworn by for y
With the world firmly entrenched in the age of
tronic warfare, however, such old-fashioned fig)
tactics seem obsolete.
Congress has already begun an investigation
Marine activities and, we hope, will march double-
in seeking reforms for a body whose practices bord(
the medieval,
Udall: An

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underdog's battle
THE UDALL CAMPAIGN people had worked hard. As I made
my way to Farmer's Market Saturday morning I sensed that
it would be crowded.
It was. A chattering audience of perhaps a thousand warmed
gradually as the pre-rally guitarist shifted neatly from Gordon
Lightfoot to Jim Croce to the Beatles.
SUDDENLY the long-legged candidate was there, stepping
briskly from his limousine to tower above the crowd. A cheer
went up and the music stopped abruptly. Television camera
crews converged on Mo Udall as his Secret Service agents cleared
a corridor to the platform through anxious onlookers.
Mayor Al Wheeler introduced the Arizona Congressman. He
lost his place two or three times, giving the impression that he
really had made an effort to memorize his speech.
State Representative Perry Bullard was conspicuously present
at Udall's side. Last time I saw Bullard was in September on the
si'steps of the Union. On that day he was conspicuously present
next to Oklahoma populist Fred Harris, now out of the primary
race and all but forgotten.
UDALL BEGAN to speak. He seemed to be enjoying himself;
his political message was interlaced with his widely-heralded
sense of humor. His message was that he could stop Jimmy Car-
ter just as Ronald Reagan is stopping President Ford.
Criticizing Carter as evasive, Udall claimed that a Carter-
Ford race would give full attention to the abortion issue. Ford
would take the middle and Carter would be on both sides.
Udall touched on a host of other issues-the environment,
loans and subsidies for students, and tax reform among them.
His message was clear. He is fighting for his life in this race for
the nomination. A loss to Carter in Michigan next week is the
end of the road. Udall almost seemed to be pleading against
what many regard as inevitable-a Carter victory in the primary.
WHETHER MO Udall wins or not, one cannot help but be
impressed by the confidence he displays in his beliefs. He is
liberal and realistic at the same time. And in the wake of the
McGovern campaign, the progressive element in the Democratic
Party is much in need of an individual such as Udall - an as-
tute politician who probably will not fade as did McGovern after
As he finished speaking, he held up a basketball and smiled,
then made his way across the street for a quick game of half-
court basketball with Wolverines Wayman Britt, Ricky Green and
John Robinson. Afterwards he stood under the backboard and
fielded questions from reporters.
THEN THE candidate slowly walked back to his car, shaking

hands with people as he went. Many urged him to "keep fight-
ing." As his car was about to drive off, I asked him what he
would do in the event of a Carter victory. Would he endorse
Carter before July? No, he would wait until the convention.
Implicit in his answer was that he will be out of the race
if he loses here and that he is well aware of it. But win or lose,
Morris Udall is a welcome addition tp national politics. One
senses that he will be heard from again.
-Doily Photo by STEVE KAGAN Stephen Kursman writes regularly for the Daily's Editorial Page

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