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DETROIT (AP) - The free-for-
all for the Democratic presidential
nomination might work for the par-
ty's advantage in next year's general
election, if the candidates keep it.
clean, Sen. Carl Levin said yester-
"I think the public basically likes
a fight, providing it is a clean fight,"
the Michigan Democrat said at a
news conference sponsored by the
Economic Club of Detroit. "There's
nothing wrong with a good healthy
battle. Lord knows Democrats are
famous for it."
THE Democratic filed now con-
sists of seven candidates, with per-
haps one more to come. The
Republicans have three announced
candidates and three unanounced.
The Republicans have one candi-
date, Vice President George Bush,
with strong national recognition that
could translate into commanding
'stregnth against his opponents. The
Democrats lack a candidate with a
strong national image.
"I think it is likely that there will
be one or two (Democratic candi-
dates) that will emerge, but the un-
likelihood is in my prediction 13
months in advance that someone
will have a majority going into the
convention," Levin said.
Ford backs Bork in
Supreme Court bid
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) -
Former President Gerald Ford
yesterday described Supreme Court
nominee Robert Bork as probably
the most qualified candidate in 50
years and called him a moderate in
his legal decisions.
But Ford, who will introduce
Bork to the Senate Judiciary
Committee when it begins hearings
on his nomination today, predicted a
tough battle for the federal appeals
"My impression is it wil be a
very close call," Ford said. "The
liberals are fighting very strongly
aginst his nomination."
Ford said Bork, who he has
known since the 1960's, asked him
to introduce him to the Judiciary
Committee and that he agreed
because of his respect for Bork as a
"When I look at Judge Bork I'm
extremely impressed," Ford said.
"Philosophically, I like his
approach. He doesn't believe the
Supreme Court should legislate."
"He is probably the most
qualified candidate for the Supreme
Court in the last 50 years," he said.
Ford, in Las Vegas for a speech
before the Independent Insurance
Agents of America, said Bork might
have had an easier time if his
nomination had not come up during
the jockeying for the 1988
He called on the Senate to set
aside partisan politics and instead
focus on Bork's background and
"I would hope the presidential
election doesn't have an adverse
impact on the decision-making of
the U.S. Senate on this very
important issue," he said.
Ford said he first met Bork while
Bork was a professor at Yale Law
School and Ford visited the school
as a congressman in the 1960's.
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few years, has espoused conserv-
atism. These "are not views of 30
years ago," Halperin said.
Among those defending Bork and
raising questions about the propriety
of the Senate in examining a nom-
inee's political ideology is former
Chief Justice Warren Burger.
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Burger, who also will testify for
Bork, said in a television interview
yesterday the Senate's criteria in
judging a Supreme Court nominee
should include "the integrity of the
man, then his or her educational
background, legal training and . .
the experience ... of the person."
Another Bork supporter, White
House Chief of Staff Howard Baker,
said he had no plans to call undecided4
members of the Senate committee to
the White House, but would "try to
address any questions they may have
and urge and encourage them to re-
port this nomination to the floor of
"It's going to be a tough fight,
and it's still to be won or lost, but
in the final analysis I think Judge
Bork will be confirmed,"-Baker said.
Meanwhile, former President
Gerald Ford said he will formally
introduce Bork and testify in support
when the Senate Judiciary Commit-
tee begins hearings on the nomi-
Ford, who was in Las Vegas,
Nev., for a speaking engagement,
described the nominee as "the most
qualified candidate for the Supreme
Court in the last 50 years." 4
However, Ford predicted a tough
battle for Bork to gain Senate con-
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