Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on February 25, 1976 · Page 22
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22 CREELEY (Colo.) TRIBUNE Wed., Feb. 25,1975 Ford delighted with slim N.H. victory By HELEN THOMAS DPI While House Reporter WASHINGTON (UPI) President Ford today expressed delight with his narrow New Hampshire primary victory over Ronald Reagan and told aides it was "a great springboard" toward election in November, his chief spokesman said. Presidential Press Secretary Ron Nessen said Ford arose before dawn, heard the results on the radio and made an unscheduled appearance at an 8 a.m. White House staff meeting where he praised aides with "congratulations for your maximum effort and your staunch coolness." "If we win a couple more (primaries), and I think we will, we will be ready for the finals -- and I think we will win there too," Nessen quoted Ford. He said the President called New Hampshire "a great springboard." Nessen also noted that Ford was not only ahead in the New Hampshire popular vote but "he's leading with 19 out of 21 delegates" to the GOP convention. "He (Reagan) gave it everything he had and couldn't win it," said Nessen, who told reporters that Ford told his White House chief of staff "he was delighted." Ford planned to make his first public statement on the primary in an address to some 200 members of the Inland Daily Press Association late in the afternoon. The association represents small and medium size newspapers. In a mood of elation, Nessen told reporters Ford arose about 5:30 a.m. -- his usual hour -turned on the radio and heard the latest tabulation of primary votes. The President went through his regular routine of exercises, and at 6:35 a.m. he was telephoned by Richard Cheney, his chief of staff. Nessen said the President told Cheney that "he was delighted." "This was obviously Reagan's best state," said Nessen. "He gave it everything he had. He spent 21 days campaigning there and couldn't win it." Nessen declined to back up statements by made Ford's campaign lieutenants-Tuesday night that the momentum had been blunted by former President Richard M. Nixon's trip to China. "Over here the feeling is that its too soon to make an assessment,"he said. Nessen reminded reporters that New Hampshire's governor, Meldrim Thomson, had forecast that Reagan would get 55 per cent of the vote and added, "so obviously they fell short of that expectation. They gave it a hell of a shot and couldn't win it." He said,the President was behind '.wo weeks ago, but gained momentum in the last few days. Nessen said Ford now believes the momentum is his and that he is going to, win upcoming contests in Vermont, Massachusetts, Florida and the other primary states. "We certainly believe that New Hampshire has started him on the road to victory," he said. New Hampshire P R I M A R Y RESULTS Republican Carter no longer 'afraid' of any political opponent Hubert leads Minnesota caucuses By GERRY NELSON .Associated Press Writer ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey, so far not an official candidate for his party's presidential nomination, has won expected early support from Democrats in his home state of Minnesota. Voting at precinct caucuses throughout the state Tuesday night showed heavy backing for the former vice president and 1968 presidential nominee, with much of the remaining vote uncommitted. Results from 34 of 52 sample precincts gave Humphrey 241 delegates to later county conventions, with 205 more uncommitted. Arizona Rep. Morris Udall had eight delegates, former Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter three and antiabortion candidate Ellen McCormack two. Humphrey, 64, has said he will not seek the nomination but would accept a draft. He got 5 per cent of the vote in New Hampshire's Democratic , primary Tuesday night as a write-in candidate. Minnesota will have 65 delegates to the Democratic convention. A sampling of sentiment at- Republican caucuses, meanwhile, showed President Ford ahead of challenger Ronald Keagan. Voting in 94 of 100 precincts selected as a cross-section showed Ford with 765 votes to 517 for Reagan. Another 160 votes were uncommitted. Tuesday's caucuses began a four-month series of conventions, with the first step the election of delegates to county conventions. No national convention delegates will be selected in either party until state and congressional district conventions starling in April. BOSTON (UPI)-Bouyed by a .solid victory in New Hampshire's opening primary, Democrat Jimmy Carter said today he is no longer afraid of any political opponent because he has proved he has wide voter support. "The most signficant thing about the New Hampshire primary is the broad base of support I received," Carter said. He earlier celebrated in Manchester, N.H.,andcaughta few hours sleep before holding a news conference here. "It shows voters don't like to be put into little boxes; expected to vote for one person because he's liberal, another because he's conservative ... rural or urban ... blue collar or executive," the former Georgia governor said. "I don't have any fear of other candidates now," he said. Carter predicted a "high" finish in next Tuesday's Massachusetts primary because "we have an enormous amount of momentum." Carter will campaign this week in South Carolina for that state's delegate caucuses Saturday, and in Florida for the March 9 primary. He will return here Friday to campaign in the Bay State over the weekend. With seven members of his immediate family and several hundred volunteers in tow, many from Georgia, the Carter political "family" pulled up stakes from New Hampshire today and moved south. Democrat mmmmm Jimmy Carter Per Cent of Anticipated Vote: GOP · 94 D E M O C R A T - 9 1 N K W H A M P S H I R E ' S V E R D I C T -President Ford managed a tiairbreadih victory over challenger Ronald Reagan in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday. Former Georgia governor J i m m y Carter led the DeinuLTcJiic i:uiiieuders followed by Iltp. Morris Udall of Arizona. (AP Wireplioto Chart) House unit recommends five agents be cited for contempt By HELEN THOMAS UPI White House Reporter WASHINGTON (UPI) - A House subcommittee today voted 6 to 1 to recommend that five present and former members of the FBI and the National Security Agency be cited for contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions about illegal interception of American cable traffic. Rep. Bella Abzug, D-N.Y., head of the House Government Operations subcommittee on government information and individual rights, advised each of the witnesses that they opened themselves to possible fines and imprisonment if the full House finds them guilty of contempt. When asked to describe his present or past occupation or whether he had brought documents requested by a subcommittee subpoena, each of the witnesses answered that they had been advised by letter from Attorney General Edward Levi not to testify. Rep. Paul McCloskey, D- Calif., cas.1 the lone disputing vote. The five men who were the object of the subcommittee's action were Joseph J. Tomba of NSA, FBI special agents John T. Loomis, Walter C. Zink and David G. Jenkins and former special agent Joe R. Craig. White House sources said earlier today President Ford would not be reluctant to invoke executive privilege to the men from testifying. Tomba said that while he could not produce documents or answer any questions he has been instructed by the Defense Department that his agency was looking into the matter and "given the time" may be able to declassify some of the requested material. Each of the witnesses was represented by Justice Department counsel Irving Goldblum, a deputy assistant attorney general for the civil division. Mrs. Abzug said the Levi's role in obstructing compliance with the panel's subpoena was ^unprecedented interference." Hep. Frank Moss, D-Utah, said all the witnesses had come with orders to delay endlessly the panel's investigation. He said the interference and maneuvers has "never before been so aggravating as today, under this non-elected administration ... under Gerald Ford ... not even under Nixon." Mrs. Abzug said the panel was trying to determine the legality of past FBI and NSA interceptions of American cables and Telex messages to and from the United States and the names of those persons on a "watch list" whose communications were intercepted. Although a 30-year intercept program code named "Operation Shamrock" was officially terminated May 15, 1975, Mrs. Abzug said "circumstancial evidence suggests that Shamrock under another name continues through the use of other technology which is wholly within NSA's capability . and which probably does not require going through the facilities of the cable companies." Michigan kidnapers kill selves STEVENSVILLE, Mich. (UPI) -- Two men who kidnaped two Kalamazoo, Mich., women and held them hostage for 3'4 hours shot themselves rather than surrender, police said today. Authorities said the men killed themselves as police from several communtities were closing in on them in their overturned stolen car on Interstate 94 near this Berrien County community. One of the women escaped uninjured but her sister was admitted to Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo with a gunshot wound to the arm. A Stevensville police officer, Marty Watson, was in fair condition at Memorial Hospital in nearby St. Joseph with after suffering a shotgun blast to his leg, Berrien County deputies said. The incident began at 11:OC p.m. Tuesday when Mike Pedde, chief of police in Bridgman, stopped the car the men were driving, a 1974 gold Dodge Charger stolen from Detroit, according to Fred Schaub, one of the officers at the scene. As Hedde approached the car, he was fired upon, police said, and the Charger sped off on Interstate 94. At the Stevensville exit, the vehicle jumped a guardrail and overturned. Pedde and Watson pursued the vehicle and Watson was struck by the shotgun blast. 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