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Wednesday, July 28, 1976


Page Seven

Baker: In search of consensus

(Continued from Page 3) didate to have run in an im- May, Baker took his sleek black
ward other candidates. Esch, portant state-wide election - Schwinn Paramount ("I want-
who received roughly SO per for supreme court justice. ed to ride an American pro-
cent ratings from both the con- duct") to various starting
servative Americans for Consti- WITH HIS only political base points and rode several hour
tutional Action and the liberal the position of Regent, which long legs. Designed to attract
Americans for Democratic Ac- he win in 1972, Baker has had media attention more than
tion, is attractive to much of to fight to present his political reach individual voters direct-
the left - leaning side of the views and do away with the in- ly, he trek generated newspa-
party and is said to be the evitable question "Deane who?" per and television coverage
choice of party chairman Wil- when Baker would roll into dif-
liam McLaughlin and Gover- He attacked the problem with ferent towns.
nor William Milliken. Huber the most original gimmick of
can out-"free enterprise" and the campaign - a bike ride Billing himself as "the inde-
"non - interference" anyone in throughout the state which took pendent Republican" and "the
the nation, so he has many him from Sault Ste. Marie to only non-politician in the race,"
hard line conservatives in his Grand Rapids to Detroit and he took the message "where-
pocket. Brennan's name is well- many towns and dusty country ever two or three believers are
known and he is the only can- roads in between. Beginning in gathered together."
O'Hara seeks Senate seat

(Continued from Page 3)
"My own personal preference
is for a constitutional amend-
ment that would make it clear
that this decision-that the bal-
ancing of these rights of the
mother, of the potential life of
the unborn child, the right of
the father-is really not a con-
stitutional question as much as
it is a policy question. And it
ought to be decided in a demo-
cratic society by the democratic
He added, "States make their
own laws . . . I think that abor-
tion ought to be restricted to
cases where the mother's wel-
fare is materially affected by
the pregnancy, (but) I don't
know as I'd do a great deal dif-
ferently, if I had my druthers,
than the Supreme Court."
HIS RESPECT for the preser-
vation of life carries over into
his opposition to the death
penalty. "There ought to be
ways in which you can put par-
tiularly vicious criminals be-
hind bars. But I don't think we
oueht to go around taking peo-
ple's lives upon conviction of
a crime," remarked O'Hara.
"We ought to try to get the
stte (Michigan) to continue to
forbid it and other states to do
so and if necessary we ought
to go to a constitutional amend-
ment," he added.
O'Hara also opposes Senate
hill 1, a bill which has elicited
considerable opposition because
some say it threatens many of
oir constitutional guarantees to
free speech and the right to
"I think it's got to be junked,"
O'Hara said. "It was supposed
to be a codification of existing
law and it was put in the hands
of a bunch of people who had
axes to grind . . . John Mit-
chell's Justice Department was
in it up to their necks.
"God only knows what's hid-
den in there that we haven't
found," he said.
O'Hara disapproves of current
foreign policy tinder Kissinger
because he thinks the United
States should provide aid and
technology to those nations
which are run under the same
democratic principles as our
"I THINK that there are cer-
tain countries in the world that
share our values, that share our
goals, and we ought to be in the

closest co-operation with them,"
he said.
"We ought to try to maintain
peaceful but arms length rela-
tions with the others," OHara
explained, "you sometimes may
be forced into a situation where
you're trying to choose between
your bunch of bastards and
their bunch of bastards . . .
there is a certain pragmatic
justification for helping a re-
pressive regime but I think that
ought to be only in the rarest
of circumstances and o n 1 y
where the benefit to the U.S. is
very clear."
He said that this would apply
to most of the communist na-
tions and many of the third
world and Arab countries as
well. He believes we should pro-
vide for Israel's continued ex-
istence. But added that we
should realize that there are
very important differences be-
tween the U.S. and the U.S.S.R.
He said we should not pat the
Soviet Union on the back in
terms of their domestic policy.
He also said we should have
a "one - C hi n a. one - Taiwan
theory" because we cannot con-
tinue to ignore the great num-
her of people governed by the
communist government on the
HE CALLED for austerity in
funding the defense budget be-
cause so many of our weapons
systems are duplicated between
the branches of the services. He
said this competition helped to
escalate the defense budget be-
cause each branch of the armed

services wants to be able to
destroy the world on its own,
He also opposes the B-1 bomb-
er as "a boondoggle."
O'Hara would favor continu-
ing federal aid to cities to help
rehabilitate neighborhoods. He
said he thinks that the key to
rennovating cities lies in the
rejuvenation of neighborhoods.
This could come about not by
public housing, but the concept
of a 'housing allowance.'
He also said that he is op-
posed to cross-district busing
because "the segregated school
system is a product of a segre-
gated society, not the cause of
it." He said the best solution
would be to encourage a re-
ailgnment of housing patterns.
EXCELSIOR, Minn. ( -
Flying has been a family tradi-
tion for the Ohrbecks for nearly
60 years now.
The tradition was established
by Joseph Ohrbeck, who began
flying in 1917, joined an airline
in 1929 and flew commercially
for 31 years. His son, Richard,
also became a pilot and joined
the same airline as his father
at the age of 19. Ilhe has been
flying for 33 years.
Recently, David, the youngest
of Richard's five children,
made his first solo flight on his
16th birthday. Shortly after
that, his 18-year-old brother,
Tom, also made his first solo

IT IS difficult to assss Bak-
er's performance as Regent in
terms of the Senate campaign,
for as he himself says, "it's not
that kind of political base. You
do it as a public service, it's an
honor to be a part of it. It's a
great institution."
Baker has said "I speak for
conservatism on the Board,"
but the context is a fairly lib-
eral one. There is only one
other Republican on the board,
David Laro, and Baker is more
conservative than he. In the lib-
eral and academic atmosphere
of the campus, Baker is por-
trayed as almost a reactionary.
He seems more at home in the
realm of high-level politics and
On several iccasions recent-
ly, he lion expressed disbelief
that party , leaders have al-
ready backed a candidate.
"I HAVE talked with both
Milliken and McLaughlin," he
said, "And they both said that
they were going to stay coin-
pletely neutral. There is ob-
viously substantial damage to
a candidate's campaign if the
governor and the party chair-
man are in the other man's
camp. They solemnly told me
that that was not the case. It
would be a deep and bitter dis-
appointment if that were the
On the issues, Baker is neither
an Esch liberal nor a Huber
conservative. From a tough de-
fense stand to guarded opposi-
tion to the death penalty, he
straddles many of the positions
of his opponents.
-ECONOMY. "T h e govern-
ment doesn't have to stimulate

anybody. The less government,
the better off we are. I do not
believe in the collective society,
and that is the direction in
which we are going." The Hum-
phrey-Hawking employment bill
"says that no longer do we be-
lieve in the free economic sys-
tem. The givernment is now the
emaployer of last resort. It is
also highly inflationary.
"I hippen to think that con-
Itl if the rost tif government is
the central issue in the eco-
nmic sense. Government is out
of controil and if we proceed
without some control we're go-
ing to have an economic col-
lapse. If you have that, you're
going to have a totalitarian kind
of government, whether on the
right or of the left. I believe
that. 1 want toli prevent that.
"I believe in the economic
system that has provided jobs
in the free society. You go to
tther countries and they don't
have whai we have."
-DEFENSE spending. "'Ihe
single most important responsi-
bility of any government is to
protect the society against for-
eign domination. I would spend
that money required to oain-
tain an adequate defense."
-Crime. "You don't just say,
'is gonna throw them in the
slammer and that's the end of
it.' You have to build jails. You
have to reorganize the judicial
system. I'm an advocate of the
'c e r t a i n t y of punishment'
Baker opposes gun control
and the Supreme Court deci-
sions favoring legal abortions.
He supports aid to Israel, and
says the U.S. has "strategic,
human, and economic" interests
in Africa.


SLY EARLYn Ct M taA u ES , - A- $tOOS 5 ,a-
1t:30 ENDS ~
12:30 THURS i
6:45 7:00
9:00 9:30
0-n 0

TONIGHT! Mike Nichols'
(Mike. Nichols, 1971) AUD. A-7:15 & 9
An intriguing but tragic examination of the problematic moral-
ity of the modern male. We follow the sexual escapades of two
uniikely friends from their college days to middle age. Begin-
ning as two obsessed post adaoescents, their tangled sex lives
ieave one apathetic and the other impotent. Perhabs Jack
Nicholson's seediest role, the film also proved Ann Margaret
a competent actress. Screenplay by Jules Feiffer. Art Garfunkel,
Candice Bergen, Caro Kane.

10: 15
6 :30,

He's got to face a gunfight
once more
to live up to his legend

Say It First in
the Classifieds.

/.i 10:20, 12:15, 2:20, 4:30,
4 715, 9:45 [P
y. What the song didn't tell you
S uthe movie wll.
'Sarrig Robby Benson ,&
Glynnis O'Connor
ouetyMax Baer
y Roger Ca eras

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