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Friday, July 30; 1976

Poge Teen THE MICHIGAN DAILY Fridts~, July 30; 1976-

SeNtO camddates Austin,
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Brennan: Hybrid Republican

poll released last night by
the Panax newspapers showed
that Secrteary of State Richard
Austin and Ann Arbor Con-
gressman Marvin Esch appear
to have substantial leads over
their opponents for the U. S.
Senate seat being vacated by
Philip Hart.
The poll results were based
on telephone interviews with a
representative sample of 1,432
registered voters throughout
the state.
THE SURVEY was completed
on July 19
The results showed that
among all the respondents who
have made up their mind and
who are most likely to vote in
the Democratic primary, Aus-
tin has 58 per cent of the sup-
Flint Congressman Donald
Riegle is favored by 28 per
cent, U t i c a Congressman
James O'Hara has 13 per cent
and Birmingham a t t o r n e y
James Elsman has the support
of less than one-half of one per
cent of those surveyed.
HOWEVER, almost 30 per

cent of the Democrats poled
seem to be undecided as to
which candidate they will vote
On the Republican side. Esch
is the leading contender accord-
ing to the Panax poll and is
favored by 57 per cent of those
poll participants who are most
likely to vote in the GOP pri-
Former Supreme Court Chief
Justice Thomas Brennan is
favored by 24 per cent, Troy
industrialist Robert Huber by
13 per cent and University of
Michigan Regent Deane Baker
by six per cent.
ALMOST 45 per cent of those
polled, however, are undecided
about their choice.
"The undecided and in-
dependent voters seem to hold
the key to determining the out-
come of the Republican sena-
torial primary," said V. M.
Mishra, who directed the poll.
Austin's greatest strength
was among liberals in the De-
troit metropolitan area and
Esch's base was centered in
conservatives from the outstate
Lower Peninsula.

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as a liberal Republican, while
Baker is seen as moderate to
conservative. Like other mem-
bers of his party, Brennan
knows he must attract some
Democrats and independents to
win in a state where fewer than
20 per cent of the voters ident-
ify themselves as Republicans.
Brennan's edge, he says, is his
relatively well-known name.,
"THERE ARE an awful lot#
of people who don't know who
I am, or who have only the
vaguest notion of who I am,"
he says. "People say, 'Oh,
weren't you a judge?' or 'Wasn't
there a judge by that name?'
but at least that's something to
build on, to get them to recog-
nize, 'Oh, that's the guy who
" Indeed, Brennan led the
field in early recognition polls.
But if he is to win, the aff-
able, talkative Brennan knows
he must capitalize on his name
with an appealing image, and
he has based his campaign on
his "independence" and a call
for preservation of a traditional
family life-style.
"I happen to have a kind of
fatalistic faith in popular opin-
ion,"'he says, "and I think peo-
ple do have, a kind of an inde-
pendent mind. I don't sit very
well with big opinion-makers
and king - makers because I
don't take orders. I call 'em- as
I see 'em. They know that."
BUT THERE is a curious par-
adox in Brennan's position,
wherever it may be; he says
he can appeal to voters across
the spectrum, yet he condemns,
Esch, who received roughly So
per cent ratings from both the
conservative Americans for Con-
stititional Action and the liberal

Americans for Democratic Ac-
tion, for being wishy-washy.
"I think that Marvin Esch
has stayed on his feet for ten
years as a congressman . . .
because he's been very willing
to go where the major forces
are going," B r e n n a n said.
"Whether or not everyone is
fifty-one per cent with me on
all the issues .. . I don't know;
and, candidly, I don't care. I'm
not trying to get a job. I'm
making more money than a U.S.
senator; I'm a lawyer. I do that
very successfully, very well.
"I think of political office as
an interruption, like military
service. You've made a sacri-
fice, and you've made a contri-
bution to your community. Un-
less we take that approach,
then basically we're going to
have politics in the hands of the
ones . . . who'll vote any way
they have to in order to stay on
the job."
BRENNAN resigned from the
Supreme Court in 1973 amid a
controversy over his founding
of a private law school in Lans-
ing. Critics, the University's law
d e a n Theodore St. Antoine,
among them, s a i d Brennan
should not serve on the court
while having interests in a law-
related private enterprise. Bren-
nan bitterly denounces the De-
troit Free Press, which covered
the controversy heavily, for
"yellow journalism," and says
St. Antoine and others merely
felt threatened by an additional
law school in the state.
Why did he quit?
"I felt the law school needed
me," he said. "It was a com-
plex decision. I also felt that it
would- open up options such as
the one I'm taking now. I think
the experience of working on

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the courts, debating the issues
with lawyers and judges, is as
excellent one. I taught constitu-
tional law, so I know something
about the Constitution."
BRENNAN, whose campaign
manager is his 24-year-old son
Tom, treats domestic issues
with a pro-family, anti-govern-
ment-intereference focus, not
unlike each of his opponents.
"I believe that in many ways,
sadly, our laws have an anti-
family bias, in part because of
people who are concerned about
the population explosion and
who treat having children as
though it were having a pet,"
he says. "Yet where the heck
is the future of the country un-
less there's some people trying
to have some new people for
the next generation? I would
encourage changes in the tac
laws, changes in the welfare
laws, changes in educational
funding that would be directed
,toward improving the economic
situation of the family."
-DETENTE. "I don't think
we should go back to the Cold
War. We can think of our na-
tional defense in some other
terms than military hardware-
in terms of the fiscal soundness
of our government, in terms of
the moral rectitude of our cit-
-Economy. "I'm a free-enter-
priser. You can't manage the
economy unless you manage the
economic lives of the people,
and you can't manage the eco-
nomic lives of the people unless
you manage their individual lib-
erties." He would support tax
incentives for some types of
-The Equal Rights Amend-
ment. He opposes it. "Just be-
cause some women don't want
any special treatment under the
law, I don't think that means
that the vast totality of women
should be ignored."
-ABORTION. He opposes it
-Death penalty. "I would not
call it 'cruel and unusual pun-
ishment' but would not, as a
legislator, vote for it."
-Crime control. "I think
when a person doss wrong he
should pay the full penalty of
the law. The biggest problem
is that we don't have
enough prisons."
-Gun control. "I believe in
the constitutional provision that
says people may bear arms,
though I -don't own a gun."
NEW YORK (R) -Busi-
ness was good at the 66th Na-
tional Boat Show held in the
New York Coliseum. Total
sales were estimated at $71.2
million, Sales pf boats were
more than $54 million. "The
nine-day New York show was a
shot in the arm for the in-
dustry," said managing direc-
tor Frank Scalpone,


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