Hecklers shouting 'warmonger!' 'liar!' and 'Mondale!' interrupted President Reagan...

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Hecklers shouting 'warmonger!' 'liar!' and 'Mondale!' interrupted President Reagan several times today at a rally at the University of Portland.

Police and student enforcers quieted the more unruly protesters. One student who kept blowing a whistle was bodily removed by other students acting as sergeants-at-arms.


With more than 3,000 packing a gymnasium on the campus, hecklers repeatedly hounded the president during his campaign speech. He turned some of the taunts aside with humor.

When one young man shouted 'warmonger! warmonger! warmonger!' Reagan said, 'I may just let (Walter) Mondale raise his taxes,' drawing laughs from the audience.

At another point, the president stopped to joke: 'I know I'm no concert baritone, so I know those can't be an echo of my voice.'

The anti-Reagan demonstrators were the most the president has encountered during his usually smooth campaign. There were at least 200 protesters outside holding signs that read: 'Stop U.S. invasion in Central America' and 'Reagan's policies kill.' Several women in black held flowers and raised the slogan, 'Mourning the arms race.'


Inside, most of the crowd cheered Reagan, but the hecklers, scattered around the arena, kept up their shouts.

Besides 'liar!' and 'Mondale!' they called out, 'There you go again,' a reference to the mocking phrase Reagan used on President Carter during their debates in 1980.

Mondale has been hounded by hecklers at various points in the campaign, but this marked the first time Reagan has been bothered by a number of shouters. Reporters with Reagan said two, and perhaps three, hecklers were removed from the hall by police.

Reagan sparked a loud cheer from the crowd when he complained that 'small voices in the night are calling for us to go back' to the policy of Democrats.

The was a scattering of anti-Reagan signs at the rally, including one that declared: 'Ignorance is not a strength.'

Reagan, told the crowd 'we were right to make the turn in 1980' to his policies. He said those policies led the nation away from 'sending out S.O.S.' signals and made them into 'U.S.A.' signs.

Reagan aides have been barely able to contain their glee over the Sunday night debate victory they are claiming for the president. Barring any slip-ups, they also are convinced that the numbers favor Reagan all the way to Election Day two weeks away.


He made two stops in California Monday to try to nail down his home state's 47 electoral votes. Mondale and Democratic heavy-hitters have been paying a lot of attention to California. Reagan has slipped recently in the polls there, but he still holds a strong lead.

Reagan charged that Mondale has a 'hostility to a strong, secure America,' and said 'Well, as long as I'm president, we will not shortchange the security needs of America.'

Reagan toured the B-1 bomber plant at Rockwell International in Palmdale, Calif., and spoke in front of a partially completed yellow B1-B bomber which is part of the $20 billion program to produce 100 of the planes.

In a stop in San Diego, Reagan charged that on Sept. 29, 1971, Mondale voted to kill the F-14 fighter plane production, adding 'fortunately, he failed.'

He said the F-14 fighter planes were used to down the two Libyan planes in the Mediterranean in August 1981.

The downing of the planes was first brought up by Sen. Pete Wilson, R-Calif., who, in a barrage of charges against Mondale, may have brought up an incident that Reagan would be happy to forget.

Wilson told a crowd of several thousand Reagan supporters that the president's staff did not awaken Reagan after the American jets had fired on the two Libyan planes because 'they had their orders.'


'We had a lot more president in Ronald Reagan asleep than (Jimmy) Carter and Mondale awake,' Wilson said.

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