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Gerald Ford and the Challenges of the 1970s$
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Yanek Mieczkowski

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780813123493

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813123493.001.0001

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Thunder from the Right

Thunder from the Right

(p.304) Chapter 17 Thunder from the Right
Gerald Ford and the Challenges of the 1970s

Yanek Mieczkowski

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines former U.S. President Gerald Ford's battle against California Governor Ronald Reagan in the 1976 Republican primary. Although the Reagan challenge caught Ford off guard, he expected to win the nomination easily because he believed that Reagan's solutions to the country's problems were simplistic and his nine-to-five work ethic would prove inadequate for a rigorous campaign. Winning the nomination and hearing the acclamation of his supporters was one of the highlights of Ford's presidency. After their bitter 1976 face-off, Ford reconciled with Reagan and campaigned for him in 1980.

Keywords:   Gerald Ford, primary election, Republican Party, Ronald Reagan, U.S

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