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. I Friday, July 19, 1976, The New Messenger, Fremont, 0. 5 Ohio delegates cite Glenn's inexperience as critical factor ; MINNESOTA Sen. Walter F. Mondale responds to cheers before delivering his acceptance speech as the I vice presidential nominee at the Democratic National Convention In New York's Madison Square Garden. (AP Laserphoto) Mondale could be help, hindrance to Carter bid '; WASHINGTON -'Walter Frederick "Fritz") Mondale, a "minister's son and a .liberal's liberal, was '.trailed Thursday as ' the ' vice presidential nominee News analysis t of the unity-conscious ; Democratic National . 'Convention here. In selecting the Min- - it e s o t a senator, v presidential nominee r.Jimmy Carter in one .stroke placated the liberal wing of the party, added geographic balance to his ! ticket and added the .weight of Mondale's ( .Washington experience to 'his campaign. At the same time, he burdened his campaign --with the more controversial items in Mondale's record his sponsorship of the Child f 'and Family Services bill ! which angered Catholic r conservatives and inspired . a vast hate mail campaign earlier this year; his semi- successful effort to reform - the Senate's filibuster ' rules, pitting him against t.l. southern Democrats in 1975; his sponsorship of the automatic cost-of-living Increase feature in the Supplemental Security Income program, endearing him to SSI recipients but burdening the troubled Social Security Administration; and his membership in the Senate's pro-busing bloc. At the White House, where President Ford is Jousting with former Califorina Gov. Ronald Reagan for the nomination, insiders were jubilant about the selection of Mondale, certain it would weaken the Democrats in the South this fall. Nominee Carter, a former governor of Georgia, said that he selected Mondale because the 48-year-old senator displayed these assets: He has "presidential qualifications; a great feeling of understanding and compassion for persons who need government the most; he has the trust of a wide range of Democrats, and he prepared himself for the prospect of his selection in a very satisfying way." Mondale has a long history of impressing the politicians who hand out jobs. His first political office was attorney general of Minnesota, a job to which he was appointed at 31 by then-Gov. Orvllle Freeman, whose campaign he had managed. "If I had kept him on as campaign manager instead of appointing him attorney general, I might have won a fourth term," Freeman said in an interview Thursday. "I lost by one-tenth of a per cent." The appointee went on two years later to win election to the attorney general's post. One of his accomplishments was a successful fraud prosecution of some of the workers for the charitable Sister Kenney Foundation. Old pal Norman Sherman of Chevy Chase, Md., a former aide to Hubert Humphrey, recalled that Mondale developed an enthusiastic constitutency while attorney general. "We were trying to get him to Washington without anyone finding out once I forget why and I booked him on an airline under an assumed name. A lot of good it did. He went Party rules amended as convention concludes to the airport and everyone said, 'Hi there, Fritz. Hello, Mr. Attorney General.'" Mondale's second . political office was U.S. Senator, an appointment he got in 1964 to fill out the term of Humphrey, the man who had inspired him to enter politics and his old Macalester College professor, who had been elected vice president. Mondale was twice elected easily on his own. This led wags to quip at the convention that "Fritz became interested in the vice presidency when he heard you could be appointed to it." Mondale is a product of Minnesota's Democratic Farmer Labor Party, which was put together by Humphrey and Freeman with the help of what was known then as "The Diaper Brigade" so-called because of the youthfulness of volunteers like Mondale. His first foray into politics had come in 1947 when he campaigned for Humphrey's election as mayor of Minneapolis. The following year Freeman managed Humphrey's campaign for the Senate, and Mondale worked for him as manager of the race in the heavily-Republican Second Congressional District. Humphrey won both the race and the Second District. .' By WILLIAM RINGLE , ..' Gannett News Service NEW YORK In the final squabbles of their national convention, .-Democrats Thursday rejected attempts to make "their 1978 mid-term conference more free-wheeling, to make i minority reports easier to "pass, and to retain the "winner-take-all" primary system that persists in several states. The battles occurred in the final hours before the vote on Sen. Walter F. Mondale as the party's yice-presidential nominee and the acceptance speeches of Mondale and the presidenMal nominee, ; Jimmy Carter, v Twice the debates over , rules changes were so close that delegates v resorted to the tedious roll -fall to poll each state ..delegation. But the voting .was futile because neither could muster enough ; supporters to obtain the absolute majority 1,505 '.votes needed to win. The delegates: Approved the abolition ,f "winner-take-all" state .primaries. They turned . back on a voice vote a minority amendment .which would have called ;, only for a "review" of such primaries. Blair Lee, .calling for the amendment's defeat, said it was an opportunity for the .delegates "to revolt .without being revolting." Although the party lacks , -legal power over the -.states, it could refuse to -.seat delegates elected irom a state with a winner-take-all system. ii Failed to pass a proposal that would have Jillowed minority reports tn platform issues to be brought to the convention floor with approval of only 10 per cent of the platform committee (which now numbers 153). Under present rules, 25 per cent of the members is required. Rep. William Hungate, D-Mo., said that the 10 per cent rule would lead to a situation like that at the 1968 convention, when a variety of exotic isues were brought to the floor. "We made all kinds of news," he said, "but Richard Nixon was elected to the White House." Rejected a proposal that at least 2,000 delegates be elected to the, 1978 "mini-convention," two-thirds of them from places no larger than congressional districts. The Carter forces and the Democratic National Committee won this one, fearing that such a convention of issue-oriented delegates could get out of hand. Floor action on still another amendment, which would have required that half the delegates to future conventions be women, was averted through a compromise with the Carter forces. SIX DIFFERENT DESIGNS ADD THAT EXTRA TOUCH OF ELEGANCE TO YOUR HOME OR GARAGE. SEE THEM AT: PRICE LUMBER & MFG. CO. 1 1 9 years in the some location 304 Front St.-Fremont-Ph. 332-6439 A Gannett News Service NEW YORK For one it was the lack of political experience. For another the military background. For a third, it was the fact that THE SPEECH well it bombed. Just like Jimmy Carter, Ohio delegates to the Democratic National Convention had the opportunity to study Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio, up close this week, and decide for themselves if he was really the man to run as Democratic nominee for vice president. Just like Jimmy Carter, a lot of them decided he wasn't. "I feel he just hasn't had enough experience as a senator yet," said Melisse Anderson of Marietta. "I felt there were other men who could serve better." Besides that, she said a lot of people in the delegation were buzzing about a story in Parade Magazine Sunday, which described an $80,000 contribution made to Glenn by his campaign manager. The story claimed it was the highest single contribution to any senator that year, and the big money implications weren't easy to swallow. Like a lot of others here, Anderson thought his keynote speech Monday night was a disappointment, because he was hard to hear on the convention floor (Although he came across clearly on television), and because he was followed by the spell-binding Houston congresswoman, Barbara Jordan, who brought the crowd to its feet. Compared to her, Glenn seemed bland, and the Reservoir to be dedicated COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) A new $2.1 million reservoir for the Huron County village of New London will be dedicated Monday. PEOPLE Need -the Kind of SERVICE We want to Give open Saturdays 9 to Noon HOME BANKING CO. "Your Independent, Locally Owned Bank" GIBSONBURG, O. New York City newspapers, quoting "political sources," began to write Glenn off. "I think the consensus was we'd all have liked to see Glenn (get the nomination), but his chances were diminished then," she said. "The thing of it is," said Dayton delegate George Braner, "I worried about an overall ticket with two military guys on it (Glenn was an Air Force astronaut, Carter a Navy officer.) I think the Republicans would have exploited that." Braner, a national representative for the steel workers union, said otherwise he thinks Glenn would have made a great vice president. Although Ohio's 126 Carter delegates gave him the largest bloc of support from any single state, there was a small core of Moris Udall delegates, and they most assuredly did not back Glenn. Kathleen Barber of Shaker Heights, a leader of the Udall delegates, declared that "support for Glenn in the Udall delegation was underwhelming." We looked upon him as another Carter on the issues," and they were particularly disturbed by Carter's stance on cutting military spending. "The support for Glenn wasn't deep," in the Ohio delegation, said Warren Lotz of Bowling Green. "There was a problem with the lack of experience. But the real reason Is that the presidential candidate has to decide who he wants, it's up to him." Meanwhile In Ohio, the bypassing of Sen. John Glenn as a vice presidential running mate for Jimmy Carter is going to make the job of Ohio Republicans easier, State GOP Chairman Kent B. McGough said Thursday. Appearing at a Columbus news conference with National Party Chairwoman Mary Louise Smith, he agreed with her, moreover, that the naming by Carter of Sen. Walter Mondale, D-Mlnn., gives Democrats "a vulnerable ticket" nationwide. McGough conceded, In response to a question, that Glenn "would have made our job more difficult In Ohio, although I think Republicans still could have carried the state." He and other Republicans have conceded the past few weeks they were concerned that Carter might choose the former astronaut and freshman senator who won his Ohio seat in 1974 by about a million votes. ffht Xetoft-itttBfitngcr A Gannett Newspaper VOL.121-NO. 89 The Fremont News Founded 1887 Ihe Fremont Messenger Founded 1856 Merged Oct I 1938 Published daily except Sundays and holidays by: The Fremont Messenger Co. 107-111 S. Arch St. Fremont, Ohio 43420 419 332 5511 Subscription rates: By carrier, 90' per week. 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