EVANSTON, Ill. -- Former President Gerald R. Ford said Wednesday he was shocked at the House vote against the administration's $8.5 billion Saudi arms package that includes AWACS radar planes.
'I'm saddened and shocked,' Ford said at the dedication of the $3.1 million Kellogg Cancer Care Center at Evanston Hospital.
'The maintenance of peace in the Middle East is vital. AWACS will be a significant factor in keeping peace.'
Ford also voiced support for President Reagan's economic plan.
'The economic plan proposed by President Reagan and approved by the Congress is the right solution. He inherited an economic mess from his predecessor, and it needed shock therapy. In six months the economy should be turning upward.'
Ford also told more than 600 people that increasing health care costs constitute 'a question for every citizen. The simple and, to many, frightening truth is that Americans simply cannot continue to absorb indefinitely the increasing costs of medical care.'