Miller Center

The Ford Presidency

Speaker: Robert Griffin
Date: March 10, 1986

U.S. senator from the state of Michigan (1966-1979) discusses political leadership and its evolution, as well as the role of Gerald R. Ford in it. He discusses in extensive detail the particulars of the way in which President Ford entered the White House, the politics surrounding it, and his personal role in the process. The speaker addresses his personal and professional relationship with President Ford after the latter entered the White House. He discusses the election of 1976. During the questioning time, he addresses the reasons behind Ford's decision to pardon Nixon, Ford's classification of contemporary Poland as an independent democracy, and the reason why he did not choose Reagan for his vice-presidential running mate.

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