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Ford Death / Kaufman Interview / Nixon Pardon #916286

FNC Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 27, 2006
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(Studio: Shepard Smith) Live interview held with Pepperdine University’s Robert Kaufman† about former President Gerald Ford’s legacy. [KAUFMAN†- talks about Ford’s ability to restore confidence in the presidency after the Watergate controversy, his foreign policy in the Soviet Union and the Middle East, his personality.]

(Studio: Shepard Smith) Report introduced.

(Washington: James Rosen) Ford’s decision to pardon Nixon examined; details given on the impact on the 1976 elections, speculations that the pardon was part of a secret deal; footage and photos shown. [On the phone, former Secretary of State Alexander HAIG†- denies that there was a deal.] [Former counsel to Ford Benton BECKER†- contrasts Ford’s and Haig’s concerns.]

(Studio: Shepard Smith) Excerpt of a phone call from Ford to Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, with both men unable to hear each other, played; clips from “Saturday Night Live” skit with comedian Chevy Chase, Ford on “The Simpsons” cartoon, and photos shown; statement from California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is recovering from surgery, about Ford quoted.

Smith, Shepard;
Rosen, James

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