THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Wednesday, August 18, 1976
Ypsi delegate cheers Reagan
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The 22-year-old Wilson says
ne backs Reagan because of the
advance of big government and
socialism in the United States.
"With the present leader-
ship," he said, "there is a drift
to socialism. With (Jimmy)
Carter (Democratic presiden-
tial nominee) it will be a fast
drift, with Ford a slow drift.
With Reagan we can stop that
drift and turn it around."
WILSON ADDED, "There is
more and more government in-
fluence in my life. You can ask
older people about the freedoms
we have lost."
Being a conservative from
the Ann Arbor area and a Rea-
gan delegate from Michigan has
not been easy for Wilson.
"It used to be a dirty word
to be called conservative in
Washtenaw County," he said,
adding that the Ford delegates
from Michigan had given the
Reagan backers a "cold should-
To combat the dreary mood
that prevailed over the Michi-
gan Reaganites, Wilson helped
organize a pro-Reagan demon-
stration of several hundred peo-
ple Monday night in the heart of
Ford territory - the Crown
"The demonstration livened
things tip," he remarked hap-
With a smile he added,
"We're a thorn in (Michigan
Gov.) Billy Milliken's side."
WILSON HAS not always
been a conservative. "I was a
pretty boy in 1972," he recalls.
Then he went into the Air Force
and was sent overseas. While in
the service he picked tip a copy
of Human Event. This was the
first time he had conservative
philosophy explained to him.
"After that I was an avid
conservative," Wilson remark-
He points proudly to Reagan's
record as governor of Califor-
nia. "When Reagan raised his
hand (to take the oath of office),
California was in debt and bu-
reaucracy was rising. By the
time he left office, there was a
surplus of money, welfare was
diminished and Jerry Brown
was left with a fiscally sound
Reagan's selection of Rich-
ard Schweiker as his running
mate troubled Wilson at first.
"I didn't like it because all I
saw was Schweiker's voting re-
cord. But the more I saw of him,
the more I liked him."
He added that Reagan had not
abandoned his conservative
principles, but instead "Sch-
weicker has given up his liberal
Looking toward the Novem-
ber election, Wilson sees Rea-
gan as a stronger candidate
against Carter than Ford.
"JERRY FORD may get the
nomination, but he'll lose in
November . . . and it will be
the end of the Republican par-
ty. If Reagan gets the nomina-
tion he can pin Carter down on
the issues. They (the public)
will see him (Carter) on the is-
sues as a liberal."
Asked his definition of con-
servatism, Wilson explained,
"A modern-day conservative is
the same as a 19th century liber-
al in the Jefferson mold. A con-
servative believes in free enter-
prise and limited government."
Wilson paused a moment and
smiled, then emphatically de-
clared, "I am proud to be a
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hoped to carry, Pennsylvania,
home of the Californian's run-
ning-mate, voted 89 to 14 against
MISSISSIPPI, a crucial state
in the fight between the Presi-
dent and Reagan, abstained
from the first round of balloting
before casting all 30 of its votes
against the amendment.
T h e conservative Southern
state has been wavering in sup-
port of Reagan ever since he
named Schweiker as his vice-
presidential running - mate. It
was widely believed here last
night that Clark Reed, the state
party chairman, was urged by
his delegation to abstain on the
first round and, in the case of
a tie breaking vote, cast his
votes for Reagan. But ashit
turned out, the Ford forces-had
already won and Mississippi de-
cided to go with the winner.
It remains to be seen, how-
ever, whether Mississippi will
remain in the Ford camp for
very long. The delegates were
scheduled to take up arguments
late last night concerning the
party's platform, and the cru-
cial debate over U.S. foreign
policy, the Panama Canal, and
In a press conference follow-
ing the vote, presidential press
secretary Ron Nessen said,
"The President is delighted and
he believes it is an indication
of his true support."
Earlier in the evening, for-
mer Texas governor John
Connally, in an address to GOP
delegates, leveled a stinging at-
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own work at the Jackson prison
where she was employed as a
staff physician before coming to
Dehoco December 1.
PATTERSON said he under-
stood that the three "all knew
each other," but refused to com-
ment on theories that Miller
may have been trying to make
a deal with Wingard for the
escape of another prison inmate
with whom she was said to be
"I don't want to speculate,"
the prosecutor said.
The withdrawal and subse-
quent disappearance of the
$5,000 from Miller's savings ac-
count on the day she was mur-
dered had prompted theories
that the 29-year-old physician
may have been trying to pay
Wingard in exchange for the
escape of Larry Wells, a 24-
year-old convict from Flint.
Wells, currently serving a 15
to 30 year term for armed rob-
bery, was employed as a labora-
tory technician in the prison
In a handwritten will dated
Nov. 27, 1975, Miller left a large
portion of her estate to Wells.