September 8, 2011

Ford's Politically Costly Pardon of Nixon

Don Keko, The Examiner


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In November 1972, no one would have envisioned a Ford Presidency. Gerald Ford served in the House of Representatives while Richard Nixon claimed a smashing electoral victory. Vice President Spiro Agnew rode Nixon’s wave to claim another four year term. However, a bribery scandal forced Agnew’s resignation leading to squeaky clean Ford’s installation as vice president. Not long after, Watergate claimed Nixon. Ford entered the White House with extremely high approval ratings. However, he decided to pardon Nixon to spare the former president, end the Watergate controversy, and heal the nation. The pardon cost Ford public support and a chance at election in his own right.

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TAGGED: United States, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford