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aily-Friday, May 30, 1980-Page 11
Dems halt
platform
hearings
to avoid
squabble
WASHINGTON (UPI) - Chairman
John White of the Democratic National
Committee, a backer of President Car-
ter, has postponed the party's platform
hearings in apparent hope of avoiding
an issues fight with Sen. Edward Ken-
nedy.
But there was some dispute yester-
day over where the request for the
delay came from originally.
THE WASHINGTON Post reported it
originated with Carter's campaign
chairman, Robert Strauss.
Bob Neuman, committee deputy
chairman, said the request came not
from Strauss but from Detroit Mayor
Coleman Young - a prominent Carter
supporter who chairs the platform
committee.
Young backed up Neuman's account.
"THE IDEA originated in a conver-
sation between White and Coleman
Young. I am not denying they talked
about it over there at the Carter cam-
paign, but the decision originated at the
DNC (Democratic National Commit-
tee), not at Carter-Mondale," Neuman
said.
Young said the idea for the delay "did
not come from any particular point,"
and not from Strauss.
"Very frankly we Democrata need
some time to attempt to achieve
maximum unity in our party. The dif-
ference in that one week might give
everybody the chance to look at the
mathematics, understand them and,
based on that understanding, take the
steps necessary to bring the party
together," said Young, who was atten-
ding preliminary platform hearings in
Houston.

AP Photo
SPECTATORS AT A RALLY for President Jimmy Carter hold up signs, some of a more humorous nature, during the
president's speech yesterday in Columbus, Ohio. Republican presidential aspirant Ronald Reagan held a rally of his
own several blocks away.
Carter, Reagan stump in Ohio

From AP and UPI
COLUMBUS, Ohio - In a preview of
the fall campaign, President Carter
declared yesterday he is making
progress in solving America's
problems, but Ronald Reagan at a rival
rally said the nation "can't afford four
more years" of Carter in the White
House.
With bands playing and supporters
shouting "Jimmy, Jimmy," and
waving miniature American flags, the
president told a sun-drenched crowd at
Nationwide Plaza he wanted to "set the
record straight about our nation and
about our future."
THE SHIRTSLEEVED president
declared that "we're turning the tide"
in energy, the economy, and foreign
policy, but did not mention the
American hostages in Iran - the issue
that had kept him away from the cam-

paign trail before yesterday.
Several blocks away, Reagn asserted
the time had come to turn Carter out of
office.
Meanwhile, Sen. Edward Kennedy
proposed that both he and Carter free
their delegates to nominate anyone
they please at the Democratic National
Convention in New York City next
August. Kennedy also renewed his
demand for a debate with the president.
CARTER PREDICTED that "begin-
ning in the summer, the inflation rate is
going to go down." In foreign policy, the
nation is meeting "aggression and
terrorism with peaceful means," he
said. "We will stand alone if
necessary."
The president didn't mention
Reagan's name as he spoke to young
people and office workers in a crowd
estimated by police at 7,000 persons.

While Carter was concluding his
speech, Reagan opened fire on the
president at a rally at the Ohio
Statehouse six blocks away.
"What is so tragic ... is that Jimmy
Carter is making millions of Americans
pay for his mistakes in office, literally
with the loss of their jobs and economic
well-being of their families," the for-
mer California governor said.
Reagan charged that Carter had
backed down on pledges to increase
defense spending and balance the
federal budget, and predigted that
because of the president's
miscalculations, "we're going to have
another deficit."

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