President Nixon Was Running For His Second Term President Essay

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In 1972 President Richard Nixon was running for his second term in his presidency. Nixon was running against Democratic Candidate George McGovern, a senator from South Dakota. In his first term Nixon inherited the Vietnam War from President Johnson and for his second term Nixon wanted to win big and try to take attention away from losing the war. Nixon’s re-election committee decide to assign G. Gordon Liddy to find out information and tactics from the Democratic National Committee and they wanted to know more in their Chairman Larry O’Brian. Liddy brought on board former CIA officer Howard Hunt to help him with his assignment. Liddy and Hunt believed the best way to find out more on the Democratic National Committee and its chairman, was to break in the Committee’s headquarters which was located in the Watergate Hotel in Washington D.C, they had plans to bug the place. Liddy and Hunt got permission from the Re-election committee to go ahead with their plan to break in the Watergate. Liddy and Hunt brought five former CIA agents and one former FBI agent to assist with this mission. The men were Bernard Barker, Virgilio Gonzalez, Eugenio Martinez, Frank Sturgis, James McCord and Alfred Baldwin. On May 28, 1972 the men perform their first break in to the, Democratic National Committee, DNC office successfully, bugging the all phones so the former FBI agent, Baldwin, could listen into the conversations and write down everything he heard during the phone calls and
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