President Nixon Nominates Gerald Ford as Vice President

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John Chancellor
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After Spiro Agnew resigns in a tax evasion scandal, President Richard Nixon nominates Representative Gerald Ford as his new vice president. Less than a year later, Nixon would resign in the wake of the Watergate scandal and Ford would become president.



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President Nixon Nominates Gerald Ford as Vice President


We interrupt our regular schedule of programs to bring you this NBC News Special Report. Now here is NBC News correspondent, John Chancellor.


That’s the East Room of the White House in Washington DC, where tonight we will see an unprecedented moment in American history. The second unprecedented moment is a week. The 39th vice president of the United States Spiro Agnew resigned this week facing criminal charges and was convicted of a felony. Now President Nixon this evening in the East Room will nominate his successor. The 25th Amendment to the constitution says whenever there is a vacancy in the office of the vice presidency, the president shall nominate a vice president who shall take office upon confirmation by a majority vote of both houses of congress. And tonight we will learn of Mr. Nixon’s choice to be the 40th vice president. That’s Carl Albert. He stands second in line now. Followed by the President pro tem James Eastland of Mississippi of the Senate. Senator Hugh Scott, Senator Symington behind him. Carl Albert is number two in the country now, but the main attention tonight is focused on the House Republican Leader Gerald Ford.

President RICHARD NIXON: The individual who serves as vice president must be qualified to be president. And second, the individual who serves as vice president of the United States must be one who shares the views of the President on the critical issues of foreign policy and national defense. Which is so important if we are to play our great role, our destined role to keep peace in the world. And third, at this particular time when we have the Executive in the hands of one party and the Congress controlled by another party, it is vital that the vice president of the United States be an individual who can work with members of both parties in the Congress, in getting approval for those programs of the administration which we consider are vital for the national interest. It was these criteria that I had in mind when I pondered this decision last night and early this morning in the quiet beauty of Camp David. And the man I have selected meets those three criteria. First, he is a man who has served for 25 years in the House of Representatives with great distinction.


Our distinguished guests and our… my fellow Americans, I proudly present to you the man whose name I will submit to the Congress of the United States for confirmation as the vice president of the United States: Congressman Gerald Ford of Michigan.