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The Michigan Daily-Friday, June 13, 1980-Page 11

Kennedy vows
to run despite
Carter's pleas
for party unity

Cheek to cheek
President Carter and his wife, Rosalyn, dance together during an old fashioned
backyard picnic held on the South Lawn of the White House Wednesday
night for members of Congress. The guests dined on Mexican, Southern, and
New England cuisine.
Carter sends standby
gas plan to Congress

From AP and UPI
WASHINGTON-Despite an appeal
from President Carter for party unity,
Sen. Edward Kennedy vowed yesterday
to fight on, both in shaping the
Democratic Party's 1980 platform and
pursuing its presidential nomination.
-Stand-iris for the president and his
campaign challenger presented their
views on major issues to the party's
platform committee. Nowhere were
their differences more starkly apparent
than on the economy.
LATER, AT A White House reception
for committee members, Carter said he
is "extremely eager to see rifts
lealed." However, he said, there need
be no "fear or consternation" if some
disputes can't be settled in committee
and must be put to the full Democratic.
National Convention in August.
Carter was represented at the
hearing by chief domestic adviser
Suart Eizenstat and national security
adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski. They
presented a statement in the
president's behalf which called for "a
continued policy of spending restraint
... consistent with our party's historic
commitment to protect and aid the poor
and the disadvantaged."
Conspicuously missing from the 75-
page Carter statement was any
reference to a balanced federal budget.
His top aides have said the goal of
balancing the fiscal 1981 budget, which
Carter promised as recently as March
14, may prove impossible because of
recession-induced lees of tax revenues.
BY CONTRAST, Kennedy proposed
through Peter Edelman, his national
issues director, a $12 billion spending
program to ease the effects of recession
and create jobs for the growing ranks of
the unemployed.
In his statement of suggestions on
what the campaign platform should in-

lude, the president rejected any such
substantial spending and defended
existing anti-recession aid programs.
Edelman repeated Kennedy cam-
paign themes, including a demand for a
six-month freeze on wages andkprices,
reimposition of price controls on oil, a
phase-out of nuclear plants and an end
to the MX missile system.
CARTER'S SPOKESMAN voiced op-
position to mandatory wage, price and
energy controls, called for developing
nuclear power as part of the nation's
energy future, and held out the hope of
tax cuts some day-but not now.
Democratic National Chairman John
White, who presided over yesterday's
hearing, urged the committee not to
"interpret differences among us as a
divided party" but to use the platform-
writing process as a chance to "bring
our party together at a time when it
needs to be brought together."
Nine of the 15 panel members are
Carter supporters, five support Ken-
nedy and one, Sen. Daniel Patrick
Moynihan of New York, is uncommit-
ted.
The platform members yesterday
elected Detroit Mayor Coleman Young
chairman of the Platform Committee,
and created a drafting subcommittee to
boil down all of the day's testimony into
a coherent party creed for presentation
June 21.
The testimony will continue today.

From AP and UPI
WASHINGTON - President Carter
sent Congress yesterday a proposed
standby gasoline rationing plan which,
in the event of a severe shortage, would
set up a huge system for distributing
"checks" redeemable for gasoline
coupons.
The plan in effect creates a "second
currency" managed by an accounting
system bigger than Social Security.
UNLESS CONGRESS blocks the plan
by a joint resolution within 30 days, the
rationing system would be constructed
over the next 12 to 15 months at a cost of
some $103 million.
Rationing would be put into operation
only if the president found that the
nation faced a shortage of at least 20
per cent, lasting at least 30 days, and if
Congress did not block rationing within
the 15 days after his announcement; or
if Congress waived that standard and
allowed rationing in a less severe
emergency.
Energy Secretary Charles Duncan,
announcig the plan, said there is no
need to put it into effect "in the
foreseeable future." Gasoline supplies
have been adequate and storage is
greater than usual, he noted.
BUT THE ARAB oil embargo of 1973-
74 and the Iranian revolution of late
1978 showed how swiftly shortages,
could develop. Those two disruptions
caused waiting lines or closings at
many gas stations, but never came

close to the 20 per cent shortage it
would take to trigger rationing.
Under the plan, government
authorization "checks" would be
mailed to motorists every three mon-
ths. The checks could be exchanged for
ration coupons at banks and other
distribution points. And motorists could
sell any unneeded coupons for whatever
price the free market would bear.
A one-gallon coupon could sell for $2
to $5 in the kind of severe shortage for
which rationing is tailored, ad-
ministration economists estimate.
The department said, however, it
would limit the number of ration allot-
ments for a single person or household
to curb any tendency to buy old
"clunkers" and to keep affluent
families with several cars from gaining
an advantage.

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