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In the 1976 election Democratic candidate Jimmy Carter ran a hard fought campaign to unseat President Gerald Ford. One popular tactic utilized by Carter was to criticize Ford for his handling of the Watergate Scandal and Richard Nixon’s subsequent resignation. In 1972, after the fallout from the attempted coverup of the Watergate Scandal, President Richard Nixon was forced under public pressure to resign. His Vice President Gerald Ford quickly assumed office and used his executive power to pardon Nixon of any crimes. This move generated significant criticism towards Ford’s administration and accusations of backdoor deals even sprang up (Kutler). The 1976 election saw much of this anger captured on propaganda materials displaying criticism of President Ford.
Kutler, S. I. (2006, December 28). Controversy over Nixon pardon lives on. Retrieved February 07, 2018, from http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2006-12-28/news/0612280187_1_pardon-w....