Page 2 - The Michigan Daily - Sunday, July 22, 1984 RACE IS HOT, INTEREST IS NOT
Dunn, Lousma fight toward primary
LANSING (UPI) - So far, for many in the state the
Republican senatorial primary-has been a hard-fought
and even bitter contest between two men they don't
know very much about.
Jim Dunn, an East Lansing businessman who ser-
ved one term in Congress, is slugging it out with Jack
Lousma, a former astronaut who returned to his
native state only recently, following a military
career that took him elsewhere.
LOUSMA HAS received more endorsements from
top party figures and raised more money than his op-
ponent. But Dunn has relentlessly pursued an
aggressive and often personal campaign against
Polls appear to show a fairly close race in which a
surprisingly large number of voters either have not
made up their minds or simply do not know much
about the candidates.
Among potential voters polled in June for the
Detroit News, fewer than four in 10 recognized either
Dunn or Lousma. In a poll conducted July 8, 9 and 10
for the Dunn campaign, nearly 63 percent were un-
IN THE Detroit News poll, Dunn averaged 46.7 on a
voter sentiment "thermometer" that goes from 0 to
100, while Lousma rated 44. Dunn's poll showed him
The ex-congressman has
Lousma to debate him.
Dunn has pressed his point
by "debating" an empty
chair at various locations
around the state.
with a one percentage point lead, and Lousma's had
him in front by seven points.
Dunn, who lost his congressional seat in 1982 to the
man he had ousted two years before, has been for-
mally campaigning for the U.S. Senate since last Sep-
He has characterized Lousma, who entered the race
in January, as a carpetbagger who knows little about
the state and is the creature of party bosses.
GOP NATIONAL Committeewoman Ranny
Riecker took back her endorsement of Dunn, com-
plaining of campaign "ngstiness," and others have
joined in the criticism of his tactics.
Far from being deterred, however, Dunn has
escalated his attacks, flatly accusing Lousma of lying
about his income, family living arrangements and
The ex-congressman has repeatedly nagged
Lousma to debate him, but so far only two sessions
have been scheduled - one for July 29 and the other
for Aug. 3. Dunn has pressed his point by "debating"
an empty chair at various locations around the state.
A HOME builder who served just one term in
Congress, Dunn has been viewed as something of an
The 40-year-old millionaire from the campus town
of East Lansing says endorsements do not win elec-
Lousma backers - including powerful Peter Sec-
chia, a member of the Republican National Commit-
tee, and state Senate GOP leader John Engler - say
his record in the military and the space program will
be attractive to state voters.
WHILE LOUSMA never has run for elective office,
in announcing his candidacy Jan. 26 he sought to turn
that potential liability into a plus.
"I am the farthest thing from a professional
See REPUBLICANS, Page 5
Mondale moves to political middle to woo voters
From AP and UPI
SAN FRANCISCO - Walter Mondale
is moving toward the political middle,
attempting to establish himself as a
candidate of the future, and hoping that
Rep. Geraldine Ferraro will give his
campaign the excitement it has lacked.
Mondale begins the general election
campaign facing public opinion polls
and conventional political wisdom that
give him almost no chance of defeating
Ronald Reagan this fall.
TO OVERCOME that perception,
campaign strategists believe they have
made a strong start with the impression
of party unity and with Mondale's
strong acceptance speech.
In his speech, Mondale promised a
"new realism," including an assertion
that whoever is elected president in
November will have to raise taxes to of-
fset the federal deficit. -
Campaign chairman James Johnson
said Mondale would continuously seek
to puncture Reagan's refusal to-
acknowledge that the country has .x- Associated Press
serious problems at home and abroad.
IN MONDALE'S address and in the Democratic vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro, flanked by her husband John Zaccaro and her daughter
fall campaign strategy outlined by his Laura Zaccaro, waves to a crowd gathered at San Francisco International Airport for their departure on Friday.
senior aides, there are overtones from
the "new idea" themes spelled out by focused on the future. bid to regain the political momentum The president is expected to wage a
Gary Hart, Mondale's defeated rival IN WASHINGTON, President from the Democrats following their counterattack against Democratic
for the nomination. Reagan is planning to put his cam- national convention, which dominated charges that he is "unfair" to the poor
"Look at our platform," he said. paigning into high gear this week. headlines and television for a solid and is secretly planning a tax increase
"There are no defense cuts that weaken Reagan hopes to woo Italian-American week. in his second term.
our security, no business cuts that voters and Southerners, signaling the The two-day trip was hastily slapped The Democrats, meanwhile, are
weaken our economy, no laundry lists start of what strategists say will be a on last week after Rep. Geraldine taking a few days off. Mondale is
that raid the treasury." conservative vs. liberal contest against Ferraro, (D-N.Y.), who may have relaxing while fishing in northern Min-
Many of the platform planks that Mondale. _ special appeal because of her Italian nesota and Ferraro returned to her
Mondale praised were suggested by Reagan is traveling to Austin, Tex., Roman Catholic background, was home in New York with her family.
Hart, whose unsuccessful campaign Atlanta, and two New Jersey cities, in a picked as Mondale's running mate.
Sunday PTP-The Ricci Trio, 11 a.m., Rackham. Ultimate Frisbee Club-meeting, 5:30 p.m., Fuller
CFT-The Mark of Zorro, 7:50 p.m.; The Adven- Park.
Art-"Images of the Performing Arts," 2 p.m. tures of Robin Hood, 9:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. IOE-seminar, "Simulation of Complex Stochastic
Medicine-"Management Decisions in Acute Cinema Guild-The 400 Blows, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m., Systems," Reuven Rubenstein, 4 p.m., 241 IOE Bldg.
Illness & Injury of CNS," Hilton Shanty Creek. Lorch. Music-Michael Lorimer, 8 p.m., Rackham.
Music-The Secret Marriage, 2 & 8 p.m., Power Medicine-Workshop in scientific illustrations, 8:30
Center. Monday a.m., 4414 KresgeI.
Performance Network-The Opera, 8:30 p.m., 408 Medicine-Blood Donors Clinic, noon, Mott CFT-The Mark of Zorro, 7:50 p.m.; The Adven-
W. Washington. Children's Hospital, Rm. F8419. tures of Robin Hood, 9:30 p.m., Michigan.
Music-Basson recital, Maureen Giller, 8 p.m., CEW-Course, "Refreshing Student Skills," 1610 Art-"The Calligraphy of Cheng Chin-fa," noon-5
Recital Hall. Washtenaw. p.m., Rackham Art Galleries.
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