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[Former President Gerald FORD - says he made the right decision then.]
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Report introduced.
(Washington: Jeanne Meserve) The impact of Ford's decision to pardon former President Richard Nixon examined. [FORD - pardons Nixon.] [Presidential historian Yanek MIECZKOWSKI- says it tainted Ford.] [In 1999, FORD - says it was the right thing to do.]
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with former presidential adviser David Gergen about the decision to pardon Nixon; inset photos shown. [From Seattle, GERGEN - says it was the right decision enabling Ford to change his priorities, but the sudden announcement was a surprise & thus shocked the nation because it appeared the fix was in, which was not true; notes that Ford did not prepare to become president so there was confusion in the beginning until now-Vice President Dick Cheney brought order to the staffing; notes his relationship with wife Betty Ford.]
- Cooper, Anderson;
- Meserve, Jeanne
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