Chapter

Thunder from the Right

Yanek Mieczkowski

in Gerald Ford and the Challenges of the 1970s

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9780813123493
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134956 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813123493.003.0018
Thunder from the Right

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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

Chapter.  9552 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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