By MITCH STUART
Specialto The Daily
DETROIT-A group of moderate
Republicans yesterday called upon
supporters of the GOP's platform here
to explain an apparent contradiction in
the platform draft, which calls for
both a massive increase in defense
spending and simultaneous tax cuts.
The Ripon Society, the nation's
largest organization of moderate
Republicans, called the proposals
"either contradictory or fiscally
SOCIETY SPOKESMAN and former
Ripon President John Topping said in
an interview yesterday the platform's
call for military hardware might
"trigger an arms race and potentially
create a greater sense of insecurity and
cause actions that could lead to war."
Topping added, "A lot of people are
unhappy with Carter and want a
change-but they don't want it to look
like we are ready to push the button."
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RIPON SOCIETY DISENCHANTED
roup slams platform
The Ripon Society was founded in human life amendment. That for unborn children. We also support
1962 to provide an outlet for moderate amendment, he said, would "poten- the congressional efforts to restrict the
Republicans. Its several thousand tially make every woman having an use of taxpayers' dollars."
members are mostly 20 to 40 years old,. abortion, and any doctor performing an Topping claimed the platform sub-
and many are gradaute students or abortion, liable for prosecution for first stantially weakens the.Republican par-
young professionals. degree murder." ty's stance on blacks. He also said the
TOPPING IS A Washington, D.C. at- ACCORDING TO TOPPING, "The platform draft ignores to a large extent
torney who is disheartened by the Human Life Amendment will force a the manpower problem facing the coun-
GOP's "ultra-conservative" status. He major split in the Republican party. I try's armed forces and pledges too
said he thinks prominent Republican think the abortion issue is the one that much support to defense hardware.
leaders have badly misinterpreted the willcost Reagan the presidency and The platform draft makes clear the
public's desire for tax relief as a strong give it to John Anderson. The ERA GOP's desire for military superiority:
shift to conservatism throughout the issue is back to the 'back of the bus' for "Republicans commit themselves to an
country. women, but the platform's abortion immediate increase in defense spen-
Topping said the Republican plat- stand means 'back to the alleys."' ding.. . we will build towards a
form, as it stands, would prevent the Topping compared the GOP abortion sustained expenditure sufficient to
party from winning the presidential stand to the forced return of the man- close the gap with the Soviets, and
election. "It's probably one of the most datory veil for women in Iran, saying it ultimately reach the position of
extreme platforms ever produced by a set the Republican party back "at least military superiority that the American
major party," he said. a decade-more like a generation." The people demand."
The Ripon member said his society is platform draft reads: "We affirm our The text of the GOP platform also in-
particularly upset over the platform's support of a constitutional amendment cludes a message directed specifically
stand on abortion and support of a to restore protection of the right to life See MODERATE, Page 13
In light of the Republican Party's
shift to the right politically, it ap-
pears only natural the GOP would.
greet a journalist of the same nature
with open arms. However, that
wasn't the case yesterday with con-
servative columnist and television
talk show host William Buckley, Jr.,
It seems Buckley managed to gain
access to Cobo Hall, but was flatly
denied entry to the convention floor
due to a lack of proper credentials.
"Is there a place here that has
anything to do with credentials," the
right-wing journalist asked a press
aide in the Cobo Hall media center.
Buckley was directed to the proper
office, but became lost in a matter of
seconds. A second aide was
questioned about the office's
location, an answer was given, and
Buckley meandered off in disgust.
Ida Warren is not a typical con-
ventioneer. The 80-year old great-
grandmother is quite literally one of
the first ladies in Michigan politics.
In 1956, she became the first woman
ever to be elected to chair the
Michigan Township Association, and
has been a staunch backer of equal
rights for women ever since. But
what about the Republican party's
stand on the Equal Rights Amen-
dment? "I believe in equal rights in
many ways, but I do not want us to
go to such extremes as to have our
husbands and boyfriends say, 'Go
and open your own door."'-Confron-
ted with the innocent question,
"What is Ida Warren doing at the
convention;" she replies easily and
somewhat indignantly, "I'm a
RONALD REAGAN, WHO is expected to be nominated by his party to be the Republican candidate for presidf
has a laugh while meeting with his top advisers yesterday in Detroit. From left are: Charle§ Walker; GeorgeSchu
Reagan; William Simon; Alan Greenspan; and Casper Weinberger.
N.Carolina reps may
nom rinate Helms as V.P
By AL FANGER
Special toThe Daily
DETROIT-North Carolina's Republican National Con-
vention delegation will nominate U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms
I(R-N.C.) for vice-president tomorrow night should Ronald
Reagan fail to choose a running mate who satisfies the state's
conservative interests, delegates said yesterday.
But the delegates added that Helms' nomination would be
only symbolic in nature and would not disrupt the final
session of the GOP gathering here.
"WE'RE FULLY BEHIND whatever he (Helms) wants to
do," said Philip Van Hoy, a Greensboro businessman and one
of the leaders of the nominating coalition. Van Hoy said
Helms "asked for conditional support" for his candidacy at a
caucus of the delegation Monday night.
Helms will not have his name placed in nomination if
Reagan selects either U.S. Rep. Jack Kemp (R-N.Y.) or Sen.
Paul Laxalt (R-Nevada) as his running mate, Van Hoy ad-
Helms, the delegation's co-chairman, could not be
reached for comment yesterday, but he said at a press con-
ference, "Every time we get together and nominate a con-
servative for president, people feel compelled-to want a
moderate for his running mate. We have got to change that."
TOM ELLIS, ANOTHER member of the delegation, ap-
peared even more certain of the conditions under which
Helms would run, saying that "if Bush or Baker are
nominated, we will openly challenge it."
"The North Carolina GOP owes so much to him (Helms),
we'll do just about anything he wants," said Van Hoy. "But
I'm sure that the convention will go along with whomever
Reagan picks, even if it's Shirley Chisholm," he said.
Helms has served in the U.S. Senate since 1972, and is
regarded as Reagan's chief political link with the South.