Advantages And Disadvantages Of The Election Of 1976

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The Election of 1976 Nixon vs. Ford The election of 1976 was held after the Watergate Scandal in the early 1970s caused by, the thirty-seventh president, Richard nixon. The two candidates in the 1976 campaign were, democrat, Jimmy Carter and republican, Gerald Ford. With Ford coming into the race as a current president, he thought that he would obviously win against, Jimmy Carter whose only political experience was being an unrecognized state senator for four years, and being the governor of Georgia for a single term. However, President Ford did have one very major disadvantage he was not very well liked across the country due to specific circumstances that occurred during his presidency. Although both candidates had completely different advantages and completely different disadvantages, they were were still able to make it an exceedingly close election. Gerald Ford who ran as part of the Republican party, was born on July 14, 1913 in Omaha, Nebraska, but lived in Grand Rapids Michigan for the majority of his life. He was star college football player, and although he got offers to make a professional career out of his talent Ford decided to enlist in the navy and later take his economics degree to Yale University, where he attended law school. The first time ford got a taste of politics was in 1940 when he was a volunteer for Wendell Willkie's presidential campaign. However right when he Graduated and began to be introduced to the life of politics World War II began and Gerald Ford enlisted into the United States Navy in 1942 and did not return back to his normal life until 1946 and immediately returned to practicing law. A year later after Ford got married he decided to run for congress in the fifth district of Michigan. Ford won the election moving the newlyweds to Washington D.C. Fords ambition was shown when he believed he could become speaker of the house even though he only served as a House minority leader, him becoming Speaker of the house seemed highly unlikely. Surprisingly ford was offered an even better political position; Vice President. After Richard Nixon's current Vice President Spiro Agnew was forced to resign after allegations income tax evasion and bribery in 1973, Nixon nominated gerald
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