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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 8

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Friday, August 9, 1974
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NorthwMt Arkansas TIMES, Friday, Aug. 9, 1974 PAYITTIVILLI, ARKANSAS Yearning For Government It Can Trust Ford's Solidarity Said To Be Tailor-Made For Nation ^WASHINGTON (AP) - Rare- °'']y, eloquent and never tlamboy- ''-·RPi Gerald Rudolph Ford is a f man. wit!; a penchant for work ·;»nd simple, straight talk. . That's won him immense re- .'!»pect from both sides of the .".'»isle in 25 years of congression- ! al service and nine months as 'Vice president. ;_: Richard Nixon would have .preferred a more electric vice .^president, namely John B. Con- ·Jijally. But Republicans con- M 'ncetJ him of useful qualities Ford: personal likeability, a ·^clean reputation, an -unflap- 'iJriable disposition, a solid base ;"fqf party support and a certain i'gray, acceptability to almost ev- ·,7-eryone. :· .. The Democrats, at first, £ found an additional reason to "·· support him: they didn't think S it likely he would run for Presi- ·". dent in 1976. Ford said as much .4 himself. ·', One former Nixon adviser, ".Harry Dent, noted that "Ford j fits the Reublican Party like a -S.glove." "j Ford is an Orthodox Republi- ·Ican. He is also a devout Epis- ',.*· copalian who lias attended -.} church' regular!ly -throughout ':· his adult life. ·;; Ford's solidarity, whatever; it .'·· lacks in color, is viewed by -.' leaders of both parties as tah .' lor-made for a nation yearning for a government it can trust. : Rep. Edward P. Boland, Dv Mass., said, "Jerry Ford ex- ides the kind of confidence that 1 I hope to see in a.President.,He could 'be'the kind 'of- fresident that Harry .Truman bec,ame; ! "The President has to lead by Example, . displaying . the standards, morally, ethically and otherwise, by which most Americans live their lives." But while Ford promises to lead, so too does he share the habits of the average man. It is improbable that Ameri* cans will find him moving from one .large coastal estate to another, for. his living tastes are modest.- Even when ;he-became vice,president,,: he. phosc^tp remain in" his ' same ~ Alexandria, Va., .home -- unpretentious'ex- cept f o r ' a much-cherished swimming pool in the back yard. He is an open can, o f t e n holding forth with reporters several times a day. And his speechmaking averaged 200 appearances a year as House Republican leader,'a'pace he kept up as vice president. ' If he became President, he told the Senate last fall, be woiild regularly seek advice rom Congress and his cabinet. And he said he would. try to halt the increasing concentration of federal power in the President. To avoid a Watergate in his administration, Ford said, he would "thoroughly screen anc carefully supervise" his top White House aides. Ford set out several other r iews and promises on his pres- dency, if it came to that, in esponse ? to "questions at the louse and Senate hearings. Calling himself a "con- iervative on fiscal matters, a moderate on domestic affairs md a liberal on foreign pol- cy," Ford said no U.S. combat roops should be sent to the Hiddle-East; he would insist on ull enforcement of federal vot- ng rights laws;' keep the CIA under close scrutiny and con- rol; and he would keep Henry A 1 . Kissinger on as secretary of state. , . He said he would never au- ·hoi-ize ariyone in his adminis- ralion to lie under oath and 'only in the most extreme :ases would I authorize even a temporary lie." Ford, who spent most of his boyhood in Grand Rapids, Mich., was born with another name, Leslie King, on July 14, 1913 in Omaha, Neb. , His parents were divorced when he' was-,less than a year old and his mother returned to her parents In Grand Rapids where she later married Geralc R. Ford Sr. He adopted the hoy and renamed him. Ford was center on the Uni versity of Michigan's 1932 anc 1933 national champion fpotbal teams -- and then captain anc most valuable player of the 1934 team which was one of the STATE OF THE UNION MESSAGE (AP Wirephoto) ... delivered by President Nixon before a joint session of Congress in January 1974 with Vice President Gerald Ford seated behind him olverlnes' worst. He got professional offers om the .Detroit Lions and reen Bay Packers but chose study law at Yale, working s way through as an assistant rsity football coach and eshman boxing coach. Sens, obert Taft Jr.,, R-Ohio, a n d illiam Proxmire, D-Wis., ere on his teams. After World War n service in dm. William Halsey's 3rd eet in the Pacific, Ford v/sjit ck to practicing law in Grand apids and became active in epublican reform politics. Three y e a r s later he was ected to what was to become 25-year career in the House Representatives. Ford beat Rep. Bartel Jonk- an two-to-one in the Republi- n primary and then went on win the election with 60.5 per nt of the vole, the lowest argin he ever got. He had proposed to Elizabeth oomer, a dancer and fashion oardinator, earlier that year M8. She became one of his ardest - working campaigners rid they were married shortly efore the election. Ford quickly established him elf as a Republican team play r m the House. He became an ssistant GOP whip in jus iree years and acquired a rep tation as an expert on the mil :ary budget. In 1959 he joined a reform oup to replace aging House Republican Leader Joe Martin " Massachusetts with Charles A. Halleck ot Indiana. S i x rears later, Ford took the job iway from Halleck. A group of Republicans w h o vanted new direction asked Ford . to run for the job.. He greed, and with characteristic ack of awe left for a ski vaca- ion with his family. A f t e r the vacation, he re- urned to .Washington for two ays of telephoning, fouttonhol- ng and cajoling for votes and unseated Halleck by w h a t he cheerfully calls "a landslide margin of 73 to 67." Ford set out the Republican alternatives the House reformers wanted, and wound up in i running name-calling battle vith then President Lyndon B. Johnson. In return, Johnson made remarks about Ford's brainpower ;hat still hound him. 'There's nothing wrong witt Jerry Ford except that he played football too long without a helmet," Johnson said. Above the sniping level, there were substantial policy differ ences. Ford and other GOP Leaders shaped Republican alternative- to Johnson's Great Society programs and included local reve nue sharing -- which Nixon was later to win from Congres -- lesser Social Security in reases and revision of the war n poverty. Ford supported Johnson's Vietnam war effort but accused he President of "pulling our air power punch" in the bombing of North Vietnam. The Republican leader called s early as 1965 for the kind of Brokers Predict Market Fluctuations LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- A pokesman for Hill-Crawford- .andford, a stock brokerage inn here, predicted Thursday hat the stock market probably will fluctuate because .of the psychological effect of Water;ate, inflation and interest rates. Louis Lanford, the firm's 'secretary-treasurer, said he didn't ;hink Nixon's r e s i g n a t i o n would have a major effect on the stock market because of the upswing already had occurred. Lanford said Nixon's resignation was proper and predicted that Gerald Ford's administration would attempt to alleviate the'problems of inflation and high interest rates. "It'll at least get somebody in there doing something about it,".he said. "We've had no reaction whatever from the present administration." blitz bombing of military targets around Hanoi and Hai- rtiong that Nixon. launched at he end of the Vietnam War.- While supporting big defense 1970. that packed t h e visitors galleries, Ford called for an impeachment investigation of budgets, ; Ford consistently voted i n ' t h e House to cut federal spending, particularly on programs aimed at rapid social and civil rights changes. Even though in the end he voted fo ralmost every major civil rights bill, he drew heavy criticism from civil rights groups for.first trying to soften some of the sections rights and'housing. Like most Michigan congressmen, Ford was a staunch opponent, of school desegregation busing. He consistently voted 'for environmental bills and for mos' consumer biNs. In .1970, Ford led an effort by more; than 100 House members to impeach Supreme Court Jus tice William 0. Douglas. In a floor speech April 15 The TIMES Is On Top of The News Seven Days a Week ouglas' association with" * undation built partly on gaming money and appearance of me of Douglas'· writings in layboy magazine. The House Judiciary Corni t t e e dismissed Ford s larges and concluded in a re- ort that there was no link be- veen Douglas and gambling nd that none of the other larges · warranted impeach- lent. Ford contended in 1970 that i impeachable offense is not ecessarily a crime,' but what; ver a majority of the House otes it to be. Asked at the 1973 Senate earing if he believed Nixon ould be impeached on the a me basis, Ford said he bc- eved Nixon should not be re- noved .but. the reality vyas still he same. 51/4% 53/4% 6!/2% 71/2% We have a savings program and interest rale to meet your needs. Fayetteville Savings Loan Association Ml N. 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