Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on October 13, 1974 · Page 32
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Sunday, October 13, 1974
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80 · Northwest Arkansas TIMES, Sunday, Oct. 13, 1974 FAVETTCVILLE, ARKANSAS Wall Walking For Nomination By KENNETH B. DALECKI TIMES Washington Buvcnu WASHINGTON -- At least half a dozen men are already running for tho Democratic presidential nomination for 1976, but only one -- Morris K, Udall ot Arizona -- is walk- Ing.. The lanky O-foot-5 congressman is combining the characteristics of a Don Quixote. Will Rogers and Abraham Lincoln in his so-far low-key quest for a chance to run for the nation's highest office. Many factors would seem to make Udall's political quest akin to Quixote tilting against a windmill. He is hardly known outside the West; his, home state has little political muscle; he lacks personal wealth and a state-wide office from which to preach his message. He does not have a campaign staff and lie displays no consuming obsession to be president. Like Will. Rogers, he comes across as a likeable cowboy with a great sense of humor. He does not take himslef too seriously and he freely acknowledges the faults of his own as well as the opposition party. Udall's hometown paper, the (Tuscon) Arizona Daily Star, has described him as a "Lincol- riesque figure." Admirers say his honesty and integrity are unquestioned. His height helped him become a professional basketball player for the. Denver Nuggets in the late 1040s. RELAXED EFFOHT "Mo," as Udall is nicknamed, . began a relaxed exploration of his presidential chances five months ago after 29 colleagues in the House signed a petition urging him to do so. The petition describes Udall as "one of the most, effective legislators and engaging personalities in the House" and "a man whose record and leadership ability could have widespread national appeal." · .. .Most signed the petition to push a House member they consider highly qualified into the Senate-dominated presidential sweepstakes. It does not neces- 'sarily .constitute an endorsement. Until now, the 52-year-old Udall has taken slow steps toward a full-fledged presidential .campaign. Since Sen. Edward Kennedy has taken himself out of the field, Udall may pick up the pace. After the November elections, he will decide whether to start running or to drop out. "No one has this (Democratic nominaton) locked up, and I think that is healthy," Udall said in an interview. Because Democrats have abolished \vin- ner-take-all primaries, "it. looks Jike no one will have a first ballot victory," he said. "The idea of a brokered convention I look at as healthy," he said. "The question will be who can we agree on; who holds the center of gravity?" ..' STUDIES PRIMARIES. Udall has molded his campaign strategy around his vision of the 1976 nominating process. If all goes well, Udall will enter a few carefully selected primaries (Florida, New Hampshire and Wisconsin are likely choices outside his Rocky, Mountain base) to win some delegates. Udall sees himself as a VMuskie moderate." He want: to avoid making enemies and will try to build on his stronf following in conservation ant political reform circles. Then, when the Democratic convenioin becomes deadlocked over better known candidates like Alabama Gov. George Wallace and Washington Sen. Henry Jackson, Udall will be in :he wings and ready to appear. as the "concensus candidate." . W h o is Mo Udall and w h a t would he do if he sinks h i s outside shot and becomes tho Democratic nominee? ·He is -the son of a former Arizona Supreme, Court justice and the younger brother of Steward Udall, secretary of interior under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. Rep. David R. Obey, D-Wis., co-author of the petition urging him to run, says he is "a guy willing to stick his neck out once in a while," such as when he defied seniority and sought election to House leadership position several years ago. He lost, but Ills effort proved a catalyst for reform within the Democratic House caucus. LIBERAL IMAGE Udall cannot disclaim a liberal nametag. He had 100 per cent vole ratings in 1972 from organized labor, the League of Women Voters, the Americans for Democratic Action and the C o n s u m e r Federation o f America. ·Last year 1 the National · Wildlife Federation · -dubbed him "Legislator of the Year." He broke with President Johnson over the Vietnam War while his brother was in the Cabinet. Udall is a Mormon, the father of six children, an Air Force veteran who rose from private to captain during Pacific service in world War II, a former county attorney, and the pilot of -his own airplane despite the lose of an eye in a childhood accident. ' As a legislative leader he has championed .expansion of the National Park System cam- aign and House committee re- orm, a national land use policy and tough strip mine regulation. Udall's dream is to rebuild he Roosevelt coalition of organized labor and ethnics in the ·I 0 r t h and conservative Southern Democrats. "I have a theory that we can't just write off the South anymore," he said. "The Joosevelt coalition always had n it the Sourthern interest on economic issues -- highways, housing, rural development." Udall would re-build the coa- ition -- - shattered by the race and war issue -- by concentrat- ng on common economic problems. He sees Southern moderates and Northerners moving closer together. Udall has cosponsored, legislation w i t h a moderate approach to school bussing. Nevertheless, concedes one Udall admirer who reresents a Southern state, "I would have a, hard time selling Mo in my state." Udall has travelled to 13 state to meet local Democratic Party leaders, speak on behalf of House colleagues, win attention from the media and to show you don't have to be a senator or governor to seek the presidency. He feels the television exposure given members of the House Judiciary Committee during its impeachment hearings and the ascendency of former House Minority Leader Gerald Ford to the presidency has greatly improved the image of congressmen. "Now I don't feel so pretentious," he said. First Woman In Connecticut National Guard Enters OCS HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -''I want to be'a leader,' says ··Edna Acosta, who has traded typing and filing for rifle train- Ing'and pushups at 5:30 become a lieutenant in the Connecticut National Guard. The 24-year-old Hartford woman is the first female to attend the guard's Officers Candidate School (OCS), which prepares members for leadership positions. She recently returned from a training session at the guard's Camp Meskill -in Niantic. Miss Acosta has been in the guard VA years, working full- time in the recruiting office at the Hartford Armory. This year when the guard opened OCS to women, she jumped at the chance to leave her secretarial job. The challenge of dawn exercises, weaponry training, drills, marching and military tactics has made her proud to be'the first woman in officers' school. She's done everything her male classmates have done. "Sometimes even better than a lot of them," one male officer candidate said. The soft-spoken; dark-haired guardswoman came to the Jnited States from Puerto Rico seven years ago. Miss Acosta, vho said she "always wanted o be a WAC," enlisted in the guard in April 1973. She was sent to Ft. McCIellan, Ala., for jasic training and Ft. Jackson, S.C., for advanced instruction. She must return to Camp Meskill for one weekend a month and undergo another two weeks of training next year before she is eligible to take a series of tests. If she passes the tests, she will be commissioned a second lieutenant. A woman officer is not allowed to command a company of troops, so she will probably become an executive officer performing administrative, duties. Being a woman, she also has to do "women's pushups" during physical · fitness training. When doing "women's pushups" she balances on her knees instead of on her feet so her abdomen isn't strained. "We've got a lot of crazy rules," one lieutenant said. NEWS WHILE IT IS NEWS IN THE TIMES ANNOUNCING THE 24th ANNUAL PERFORMANCE-TESTED BULL SALE Hereford, Angus, Polled Hereford UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS.BEEF FARM Fayetreville, Arkansas OCTOBER 17, 1974 , 1:00 p.m. Sears Coupon Values! SAVE S1.5U On Any One Record Album With This Coupon Hose Remnants Section Wiih Coupon While 150 Section Last Coupon Good 'Monday, October 14th, Only LIMIT ONE ALBUM PER COUPON Coupon Good Monday, October 14th, Only .. SAVE.31%!! Sears Steam and Dry Iron SAVE $1, Women's Warm Pajamas Regular With $3.99 xB^ Coupon Up to Size 48 Coupon Good Monday, October 14th, Only Monday, October Value-Fit Ultra-Sheer Panry Hose eza/m Colors Sandstone, Nut Brown, Toast, Sable C Assorted Teflon Coated Bakeware Fits 95-165 Lbs. 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