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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - November 1, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                8 Odar Rapids Frt., Nov. 1, Campaigning With Culver Plant Gates, Scholarly Talks By Frank Nyc "What's (he difference between Democrats and Re- publicans? There seem to be so few that there's no clear choice." A student at Columbus high In Waterloo put that question to Congressman John Culver of Cedar Rapids, Democratic candidate for U.S. senator, when he finished talking to government classes there last Monday morning. It was a scholarly talk that held student interest all the way. Culver said the nation had just weathered its most severe crisis in Watergate and its aftermath since the Civil war. So the system had survived. And only two years before its 200th birthday. But that didn't automatically insure its con- tinued survival if faced with a lack of faith and a lack of in- formed participation on the part of the citizenry. After all. Culver went on, 200 years is "a mere fly spec" in time and there's no guar- antee our system of self-gov- ernment will survive into eternity, not in the Bible or any other place. Apathy Disturbing That's why reports of voter apathy, reports that large numbers of people won't vott- Nov. 5, reports that thousands- have been "turned off" by wiiat's happened, are so dis- turbing. "Each generation of Amer- he said, "has a criti- cal obligation to be informed and to know what it wants the system to do and not to do." Voter apathy in a self-gov- erning form of government is hard to figure, he mused, because "it is difficult to know how not voting is going to improve our political sys- tem." He recalled that Francis Payne once said, "If we want to enjoy the fruits of Liberty and freedom we must bear the fatigue of their defense." And now he was asked the difference between Democrats and Republicans. Differing Positions "You should read in history books the different positons the two parties have taken on social, economic and other na- tional Culver sug- gested. That's what education is all about, he says. To learn. And, having learned, to make up your own mind. So, first, study the historical develop- ment and background of the parties. You'll find, bf went on, that each party carries a broad umbrella the better to cover all of its members, many of whom embrace phi- losophies ranging all the way from reactionary to liberal, with the conservative and the moderate in between. Sometimes, he said, you might think a faction of one party, like deep-South Demo- crats, would feel more at home with a faction of the other, like Republican con- servatives, than in their own party. Distinct Factions But the way things are now, each party has its separate and distinct factions. "I was brought up in a Republican Culver recalled, "but after I studied the history and background of the parties, I found myself more basically in line with the thrust of the Democratic party." He found the Democratic party to be more concerned Gazette Photos bv Frank Nve John Deere factory worker John White of Wat- erloo. about social problems, he said, more concerned with civil rights and equal oppor- tunity and the needs of the people than the Republican party. It seemed to offer more diversity. So he became a Democrat. But it would be more fair, Culver said, for the students to hear from a Republican about the Republican party. And for them to study the two parties on their own and then to make their own decision about which party to join. That, he repeated, is what education is all about. Campaign Day It was nearly 10 a.m. and already Culver was more than four hours into a new cam- paign day. He had arisen at that morning, after six hours of sleep, taken a quick glance at the morning paper with a sto- ry that President Nixon didn't have any health insurance. "Now, maybe we'll get some health insurance legisla- he observed. "There are about 25 million others in the same boat." At 6 a.m. he was at the gates of the John Deer Wat- erloo Tractor Works to shake hands with and ask the sup- port of as many of the plant's employes as possible at the 7 a.m. shift change. Of those, are members of United Auto Workers Local 838, whose president, Jack Seeber, was on hand to wel- come Culver. It wasn't the easiest morn- ing to campaign, for it started raining hard al and didn't let up until So workers, coming by car, by ci- ty bus and by charter bus from Oelwein, Independence, Sumner and other surround- ing towns, were in no mood to linger. "I'm John Culver, candi- date for the senate. I'll ap- preciate your Culver repeated as he shook hands. Some passed with no cn- ment. Others said 'hi" or "nice to meet ya." Some were downright talkative. "Hi John, you've got my was frequently heard. "Did you order this weath- growled a wet worker. "You picked a hell of a day to come said another. But the ritual went on until the last incoming and outgo- ing employe had cleared the gates. One of them told Culver, "I rode with your daughter on the bike trip last summer." Culver's daughter, Chris, 14, rode from Waterloo to Du- on a cross-slate bike ride. It's the Person Standing under a shelter observing the scene all the while during the rain was John While, 56, married and the father of five daughters and three sons, grandfather of 28 and great-grandfather of one. "You know what tell 'em when they get to he said of the polticians. "I tell 'cm it ain't the party, it's the person. "Things are all shook up so I don't know who I'm going to vote for. The ones you think are going to win may not make it. "Everybody votes his own way. Like my wife. I don't tell her how to vote. We go to vote and when we come out I don't know what she voted for and I don't ask." It's a.m. Culver jumps into a car with aides Ben Benzine and Pat Duluhery (pronounced They head for the home uf Robert Fulton, former lieutenant governor and short-term gov- ernor of Iowa. Mrs. Fulton Rachel one of Culver's Black Hawk county coordinators, has prepared a delicious breakfast consisting of a yummy egg dish. link sausages and coffee cake. Political topics are dis- cussed and there are remin iscences. Fulton and Culver were ticket males for gov- ernor and Second district congressman, respectively in 1970. Breakfast over, Culver thanks Mrs. Fulton and ar- ranges to meet her at Colum- bus high later. Then he hops into a car and at stops al Dick Powers Yankee Kitchen in Ridgeway Plaxa lo greet customers, waitresses and cooks. Eleven minutes later he does a clillo at Mister Donut. Customers, those with sleep out of their eyes, are sur- prised and seem happy to meet a candidate. At a.m. Culver tours the Ramada Inn Coffee House and eight minutes later is shaking hands with the people in The Grill across the street. "I can't vole for you." confides a customer. "I'm from California." "I hope you enjoy your stay in smiles Culver. Columbus High Back into the car tor a trip to Donutland, then to Colum- bus high. Culver makes every minute count while campaigning, just as he did when he first ran for office ten years ago. He's in campaign trim. Back in January, he quit eat- ing bread, butter, potaloes and desert. By June he was down from 275 to his old col- lege football weight of 230 while playing fullback at Harvard. He weighed 220 while fullbacking at Franklin high in Cedar Rapids before that. Culver bounds up lo the front door at Columbus high, meets some faculty and staff nieiiiuers and by is ad- dressing the two government classes. During the question period, Christian Kasel, 17, a foreign exchange student from Germany, who heard Culler say the Democratic party is more concerned with social programs than Republicans, asks for specifics. Culver outlines social adv- ances he said the party initiat- ed in the areas of health and education. And, he says, Dem- ocrats put Ihe social security system on the books. Mrs. Fulton takes over as driver after the session at Co- lumbus, with Culver aides dispatched to handle other rc- sponsibilily. Al Culver slops at KWWL-TV for an interview. Never Hestitates Jim Gritzner, the station's interview man, asks why Culver doesn't answer charges leveled by State Rap. David Stanley, his Republican op- ponent. i Culver replies thai he never hesitates to answer "responsi- ble advanced" charges. Obviously, he doesn't con- sider Stanley's charges "res- ponsibly advanced." Not, Culver explained later, when Stanley makes them with the full knowledge that voters in Culver's second district, who know his record, have sent him to congress five times with increasing margins of victory, while Stanley has run three times for congress "and hasn't made it yet." Back lo the car and Mrs. Fulton drives Culver to Ihe Univerily of Northern Iowa campus in Cedar Falls, where an overflow audience of 250 has to be moved to a larger CHOICr OF FROM A LAHGf SELECTION OF I.AltST f-HAMK bt Yl-bS I VlbiON CONTACTI LENSES All Union Discount Plans Honored DOWNTOWN CEDAR RAPIDS 106 FIRST ST., S.E. TELEPHONE 364-2122 OPfN AU DAY MONDAY THRU SAIURW'C auditorium to be accommodat- ed. On the way to UNI, Culver lights a cigar and puffs away while answering questions. What about Stanley's charge that he has missed 28 percent of the roll calls in congress this year? Stanley's record of his roll calls is incomplete, Culver says. He has voted 80 percent of the time, more lhan the congressional average. In his ten years in congress, his vot- ing record is 87 percent, well above the average. Some missed roll calls. Culver explained, came during this campaign, when he was home defending himself from Stanley's "misrepresentation of my record." Lot of Difference What about Stanley's claim of a 99 percent voting record in the Iowa legislature? There's a lot of difference, Culver replies, between being in congress, in session most of the year, and hundreds of miles from home, and being in the legislature, which meets a few months, and only a few miles from home. And how about Stanley's claim Culver is a "big spend- "He calls me a big spender and then accuses me of failing to vote on a billion appro- priations Culver relates. "He can't have it both ways. "I voted to cut SS.8 billion from Ihe budget this year, including billion in the military budget alone. Mr. Ford says he's for cutting the budget hut 'don't touch defense'." Culver recalls past votes against appropriations for the SST, the B-l bomber the ABM and the Lockheed aircraft loan. He notes that Stanley says ho is for continued research on the Trident sub and the B-l bomber and that they are highly expensive items. Culver delivers basically the same talk, upgraded for col- lege level students, at UNI that he gave at Columbus high. He is asked if he'll vote to Political Advertisement Congressman John Culver visits with Nurse Molly Culver no relation during a break for the night shift at Mercy hospital in Cedar Rapids. confirm Nelson Rockefeller for vice-president. If he had to vote right now. Culver responds, he'd vote "present" since the house ju- diciary committee hasn't held hearings yet. He'd prefer to await the committee's report before making a decision. Then to the student union to mingle with UNIers having lunch in the spacious cafet- eria. Dr. Paul Ti'iincy of I'M medical services approaclses Culver, reminding him they were classmates in the secoaid grade at Johnson school in Cedar Rapids. To Mason City Things like that happen In him all day long. Many indi- viduals come up to tell him lie spoke at their high schools years ago, or he helped them with a problem in Washing- ton, or he did them a favor. At p.m., it's off In uhe Walearloo airport for lunt'li and to depart for Mason Criy, where Culver's Third district coordinator, Jim La Rue of Iowa Cily, meets him. During the flight, Culver answers questions. Where does he stand on the proposed Political Advertisement amendment to the Constitution outlawing abortions? He has requested hearings by the judiciary committee, lie says, and prefers to await the outcome. Any proposed amendment musl be "carefully scruti- he says. Where does he stand on repeal of Sec. 14B of the Taft- Harlley act, permitting slates to have right-lo-work laws? 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