• Short Summary

    United States' Vice-President Gerald Ford countered charges that he has been wavering between support and criticism of President Nixon.

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    MV Ford wearing academic robes
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    2.
    GV Audience (3 shots)
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    3.
    MV Ford begins speech
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    FORD: "After six months on my new job the kind of advice I get runs really along two lines. First, why don't you stop flying around the country meeting people, making speeches and stay in Washington doing my job? Second, if I must make speeches and permit press questions wherever I go, why do I uphold the President one day and the next day side with the Congress, which is deliberating his impeachment? In short, why don't I sit down and shut up like a good Vice-President should? I categorically reject the demand that I listen only to the strident voices on the banks of the Potomac. I'm not going to barricade myself in Washington just because I suddenly find myself bearing heavier burdens, heavier official duties and potential responsibilities. So long as I have the physical capability and so long as I can contribute to the climate of reason and truth in this country, I will remain my own man, fly my own course and speak my own convictions".




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    Background: United States' Vice-President Gerald Ford countered charges that he has been wavering between support and criticism of President Nixon.

    Speaking to students at Utah State University on Saturday (8 June) he said: "I will remain my own man and fly my own course and speak my own convictions."
    He was trying to take a stand midway between President Nixon and Congress, where he has served as House of Representatives' Republican leader.

    Noting that he had pledged to be a ready conciliator and calm communicator between the White House and Congress Mr. Ford asked: "Why is it so surprising that I sometimes voice the viewpoint of the legislative branch of which I was part for a quarter of a century, and at other times see things much the same way as the Chief Executive."
    Mr. Ford said he considered it his duty to try to head off a deadlock between the separate branches of Government and try for a quick resolution to the "nagging Watergate issue...which is sapping the political strength of our nation".

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    Film ID:
    VLVASVF5DHJWXZ2LFKKJ4J5RB3FV
    Media URN:
    VLVASVF5DHJWXZ2LFKKJ4J5RB3FV
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/06/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:46:00
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