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Open convention assailed
By STEVE HOOK presidential choice before the balloting I
The continuing push for an "open" Democratic along with him. presidential nominee. Reagan defended the p
convention ia miaguided and futile, according to h "None of this has anything to do with ideology in "right to know" and a need' for a "free an
convntin i miguied nd utie, ccodin tothre te gandsense," said Albert Cover, an assistant g
University experts on national politics and one area the grand s s choice." In the end, his efforts were not f
congressman. professor of political science at the University. Yet in Detroit earlier this month, Reagan f
Although each could pinpoint certain potential "Essentially, it all comes down to politics. The select his running mate until after he was nom
merits of an open convention, the drive is seen by the a en t he ingtermseof grn and he openly dismissed his 1976 campaig
four experts as an opportustic exhibition by a han- theory-whether or not the delegates have freedom of shrewd political maneuver.
dful of Capitol Hill Democrats. The moral and choice-but that's irrelevant. These People are not 50 Besides, Cover added, for the president to a
ideological arguments these representatives have much interested in principle as they are in political an open convention now could potentially do
used to make their case are in fact groundless, these advantages. He said the Democratic candidacy: "It has become such an issue t
experts say congressmen-mostly from the House of Represen- 'Carter to give in now would be viewed as ti
INSTEAD, THEIR primry motivation is seen as an tatives-are "running for cover. They're afraid Car- break in the dam."
essentially political one; self-preservation is per- ter will drag them down with him in November." POLITICAL SCIENCE Professor
ceived as the dominant force in their efforts. The Cover likened the open covention campaign to Grassmucikagreedwith Cover, saying that h
reason: Should President Carter be trounced on elec- parallel movement four years ago. In the weeks "no real moral compunction" in the attempt
tion day-as many open convention proponents before the 1976 Republican convention, Ronald
fear-he may take a few Congressional Democrats Resgan insisted that Gerald Ford name his vice- See OPEN, Page 14

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Hail, -70
mph gusts
hit A ;
some lose
A severe thunderstorm spawning
golfball-sized hail and winds surpassing
70 mph ripped through Ann Arbor
yesterday, downing power lines and
trees and causing scattered flooding.
No injuries or major property damage
were reported.
A Detroit Edison spokesman said
about 5,000 Ann Arbor area residents
lost power yesterday. The power
outages were "widespread," he said:
"We've got wires down in a lot of
areas." The spokesman explained that
downed lines were concentrated in the
northeast and southwest sections of the
city - electric lines servicing the rest
of the city were relatively untouched.
THE EDISON spokesman said the
damage to power lines was much less
extensive than the damage caused by a
storm on July .16. "It's nothing like
that," he declared with a sigh of relief.
Most Edison customers should have
power back by this morning, the
spokesman added.
The Washtenaw County Sheriff's
Department reported that Ann Arbor
was the hardest-hit community in the
county, but added that Livingston,
County suffered much greater damage
than Washtenaw County.
Sprenkel gave the order to sound the
city's tornado/disaster sirens - an or-
der that came on the heels of criticism
of Sprenkel for failing to sound the
sirens during the July 16 storm.
Sprenkel said his decision was
motivated by several factors:
" The storm, although short-lived,
packed powerful gusts of wind;
" The large hailstones appeared to be
dangerous; and,

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BARRY COMMONER, CITIZEN'S Party candidate for president, is flanked by some of the more than 200 enthusiastic
anti-war supporters who showed up to hear him speak at the Federal Building yesterday.
Conunoner: High opes
for eventual victory

They may be nothing more than a miniscule group of
left-wingers, but members of Barry Commoner's Citizen's
Party like to think their movement is the beginning of a
profound change.
The change they dream of is a basic realignment of our
political system-a realignment in which the Citizen's Party
and its platform of "economy democracy" emerge as a real
choice for the American electorate.
"SOMETHING IS HAPPENING in American politics,"
Commoner told a press conference here yesterday. "What
happens here in Michigan is of historical significance. And in
that historical moment the Citizen's Party is playing a
decisive, not a minute role."
The 63-year-old presidential candidate made seyera) ap-
pearances in Ann Arbor yesterday as part.of his week-long

blitz through Michigan before the August 5 primary.
Like other minor parties-the Socialist Workers Party,
the Libertarian Party, and the Anderson Coalition-the
Citizen's Party needs to capture three-tenths of one per cent
of the August vote (approximately 5,000 votes) to win a spot
on the November ballot.
THE BASIC IDEOLOGY of the Citizen's Pary maintains
that the people-not big business-shoudl make the impor-
tant economic decisions in the country. Citizen's Party
members are ultra-left wing, anti-nuclear energy, anti-
draft, and are often renegade Democrats.
"We are to the Democrats as the Libertarians are to the
Republicans," Commoner said.
.bCommoner criticized the two major parties because
neither is willing to deal with the real issues of the election
See COMMONER, Page 6

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