POLITICS: The Growling on Ford's Right

A few months ago, nothing would have been more amicable than a meeting between President Ford and Republican Senators. But last week, when nine members of the Senate's conservative steering committee were ushered into the Oval Office, the mood was solemn. The Senators, led by Idaho's James McClure, were there to deliver, in effect, an ultimatum. Stop your leftward slide, they warned the President, or we will stop supporting you.

On their list of musts was a moratorium on all new federal spending programs through 1976. "We want him to shout that loud...

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