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Republicans Hire Chuck Yeager For Political Ads

October 13, 1988 GMT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) _ The Republican presidential campaign has pulled out heavy artillery in the form of retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Chuck Yeager to warn Texans that ″liberal Democrats″ will take away jobs from the state’s defense industry.

In a television advertisement airing this week in Texas, Yeager warns that the 300,000 Texas jobs related to the defense industry could be jeopardized by Democrats who advocate cuts in defense spending.

But Yeager, the first man to break the sound barrier, has worked for the past six years as a consultant to Northrop Corp. of California, a competitor of General Dynamics Corp. The Fort Worth Division of General Dynamics is one of the largest defense employers in the state, with 27,000 workers.

Republican National Committee spokesman Kathryn Murray said she wasn’t aware that Yeager was a consultant to Northrop but that it was irrelevant.

″The point of the ad is that General Yeager has first-hand knowledge of what it takes to have a strong defense and he believes the policies of the Republicans are more in sync with making that happen,″ she said. ″He speaks from the heart about the defense of the nation.″