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GOP leaders stump with
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The Michigan Daily-Friday, October 17, 1980-Page 5
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ICarter
Blasts
Reagfan
NEW YORK (UPI)-President Car-
ter charged yesterday that Ronald
Reagan's proposal to blockade Cuba in
response to the Soviet invasion of
Afghanistan would have precipitated
an international threat of war.
Carter came to New York for the
ttraitional Al Smith dinner, which the
mhajor presidential candidates are ex-
pected to attend in election years. It
may-be the 6nly joint appearance of the
Democrat and Republican nominees.
fN A TOWN HALL meeting at Hof-
stra University on Long Island, Carter
responded to a question about Soviet
military superiority by defending
Amnerica's military strength. He
criticized Reagan once again for
proposing that American forces be in-
jected into trouble spots. elsewhere in
the world..
"When the Soviets invaded
Afghanistan his proposal was 'Let's put
a blockade around Cuba,"' Carter said.
"This would have created a major
confrontation between ourselves and
tpe Soviet Union because every day the
Soviet Union delivers to Cuba, several
million dollars of goods and services.
"This would have precipitated an in-
ternational threat of war greater than
any our nation has faced since we've
Sgotten peace," he said.
Earlier, in Hartford, Conn., Carter
asked the; people of Connecticut to
make the presidential election "the
foremost commitment of your life" for
t*p18 days remaining until Nov, 4r
Democratic senatQrial synIidate.
hrisopher Dodd wel1eied, hirp, with"
eys a new private poll showed him
leading Ronald Reagan by four points,
35 percent to 31 percent.

By MAUREEN FLEMING
Special to the Daily
BIRMINGHAM-Ronald Reagan
rehashed his economic platform
yesterday, and announced a surprising
endorsement from two civil rights
leaders.
Reagan, along with his vice presiden-
tial candidate George Bush, Gov.
William Milliken, and former President
Gerald Ford, spoke at a rally in Shane
Park in Birmingham.
SINGING STAR Donny Osmond star-
ted off the rally, singing "Go, Ronnie,
Go" to an enraptured audience of
several thousand.
Earlier, civil rights leaders Rev.
Ralph Abernathy and Hosea Williams
endorsed Reagan at a church in
Detroit. "I had #n opportunity to come
to a decision after a private meeting
with Gov. Reagan. And after we
discussed certain issues. . . I (decided
to) endorse the candidacy of Ronald
Reagan as the next president of the
United States," Abernathy said.
Reagan said basically the same thing
in Birmingham as he said in Flint a day
earlier. His emphasis in Flint, a city
ravaged by 20 percent unemployment,
was the plight of the auto workers. He
promised to make the United States
competitive in world markets again.
But in Birmingham, a predominantly
upper-middle class suburb of Detroit,
Reagan changed the- emphasis of his
speech to fighting inflation. He also ex-

plained his opposition to the Equal
Rights Amendment.
"I'VE HAD PEOPLE who are hostile
(to me) because of the ERA," he said.
For the first time the other day, Reagan
added, one of the protesters asked him
to explain himself on the issue.
"With a lump in my throat," Reagan,
said, "I explained to them that I do not
believe an amendment is the best way
to achieve equal rights and to end
discrimination against women."
He said that while he was governor of
California he eliminated 14
disciminatory statutes. "As president,
I would contact individual states to
make sure they got rid of theirs,"
Reagan stated.
THERE ARE ALSO thousands of
discriminatory federal regulations,"
Reagan said. He added that he would
get rid of such regulations by executive
order or, if that failed, he would seek
Congressional action.
Reagan said that it takes "common
sense" to defeat both unemployment
and inflation.
"I will not use unemployment as a
tool to fight inflation," Reagan said. He
added that Americans must increase
production and the Gross National
Product to decrease unemployment
and to "get a handle on inflation."
Former President Ford, arriving at
the rally a little later than the other
speakers, blasted Carter. "We gave the
country to Jimmy Carter on a silver
platter, and he blew it," Ford said.

He added that in the 1976 campaign
Carter devised a misery index based on
the unemployment rate plus the rate of
inflation. The index in 1978 was 15.8
percent, Ford stated. "Carter said this
was too high for me to remain in of-
fice."
Ford said he has calculated the 1980
misery index to be 21 percent, based on
unemployment at 7.5 percent and in-
flation at 13.6 percent.
"Let me make this fair observation:
If 15 percent should get Ford out of the
White House, I respectfully suggest
that a 21 percent misery index is a darn
good reason to get him (Carter) out of
the White House," he explained.

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