In his most political speech since taking office, President...

By CLAY F. RICHARDS, UPI Political Writer

WASHINGTON -- In his most political speech since taking office, President Reagan Friday night pledged to stand 'shoulder-to-shoulder' with his fellow conservatives and fight to ban abortion and return prayer to the classroom.

Using rhetoric he usually avoided on the campaign trail last year, Reagan promised more than 1,000 delegates attending the Conservative Political Action Convention that their social goals would be considered right along with his programs for the economy and national defense.


'... We can be very clear: we do not have a separate social agenda, a separate economic agenda, and a separate foreign agenda ... we have one agenda,' Reagan told the cheering delegates.

The conservatives gave Reagan, one of their own from way back, standing ovations as he entered and left the hotel ballroom. He was presented with a jar of jellybeans as he left for the White House.

'Just as surely as we seek to put our financial house in order and rebuild our nation's defenses, so too we seek to protect the unborn, to end the manipulation of school children by utopian planners ... and permit the acknowledgement of a supreme being in our classrooms just as we allow such acknowledgements in other institutions,' he said.


The group Reagan addressed is a coalition of the major political groups on the right that has for eight years been battling big government, big taxes and big spending.

'Now obviously we are not going to be able to accomplish all this at once,' Reagan said, adding that 'the wrongs done over several decades cannot be corrected instantly.'

But he warned that the conservative 'renaissance' will not be served 'by those who engage in political claptrap or false promises.'

'We must remove government's smothering hand from where it does harm; we must seek to revitalize the proper functions of government,' Reagan said. 'But we do these things to set loose again the energy and ingenuity of the American people.'

'Fellow citizens, fellow conservatives, our time is now, our moment has arrived,' said Reagan.

'We stand together -- shoulder to shoulder in the thickest of the fight. If we carry the day and turn the tide we can hope that as long as men speak of freedom and those who have protected it, they will remember us and say: here were the brave, and here their place of honor.'

Vice President George Bush, Budget director David Stockman and Labor Secretary Raymond Donovan addressed the convention earlier. They told the convention what it wanted to hear.


All said the the conservative revolution is under way and appealed for unyielding pressure from the right to force it through a partially unconvinced Congress.

Bush, something of a moderate anathema to conservatives until he joined the Reagan team, told cheering delegates the president will not be 'deterred or detoured' in his efforts to install a new domestic and foreign policy.

The vice president got warm applause. But Stockman was the hero of the day to the conventioneers who have long called for major and deep budget cuts.

One of the loudest cheers went up when Stockman said: 'If Congress wants to cut more (than Reagan's recommendations), we're not going to stand in the way.'

Defending the cuts against critics who say they will hurt the poor, Stockman said spending for 10 basic social programs has risen from $5 billion in 1970 to $58 billion in 1981.

'So if someone tries to pretend you can't tighten up these programs, just look at that base,' he said. 'It's pretty clear to me the needy have not increased 1,000 percent in less than a decade.'

Bush pledged complete allegiance to Reagan's policies.

'I'm proud not only to have served as his running mate last fall,' Bush told the conservatives, 'but to serve him and the principles he stands for now as he takes on the monumental task of trying to get America back on the road to prosperity and progress here at home and peace with security overseas.'


Bush lambasted 'liberals' and 'progressives,' saying they are 'the very same politicians, economists and bureaucrats who led our country down the winding road toward economic crisis here at home and a weakened diplomatic and defense posture around the world.'

The same people are 'trying to sell the same old wares,' he said, but 'no matter how much propaganda mileage the liberal critics of the Reagan program may be able to make in print or on the tube, no matter how skilled they may be in bureaucratic skirmishing, this president is not going to be deterred or detoured from his course.'

Donovan concentrated on the need to cut federal regulations, which he said are 'costing this nation $100 billion a year.'

'There's been an explosion of regulations in this country in the past decade,' he said.

The conference, first held in 1974, brings together most of the 'main line' conservative groups in the nation, led by the American Conservative Union and Young Americans for Freedom.

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