PRESIDENT GERALD R. FORD - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 03/01/1980 - HFSID 43337
GERALD R. FORD Ford talks about the 1980 nomination: "If my party wanted me as its candidate, I would accept." Typed Letter Signed: "Gerald R. Ford", 1p, 7¼x10½. [Rancho Mirage, California], 1980 March 1. To Ralph L. Benson, Chatham, N.J.
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GERALD R. FORD
Ford talks about the 1980 nomination: "If my party wanted me as its candidate, I would accept."
Typed Letter Signed: "Gerald R. Ford", 1p, 7¼x10½. [Rancho Mirage, California], 1980 March 1. To Ralph L. Benson, Chatham, N.J. In full: "Thank you for your fine letter in support of my candidacy for the Presidency in 1980. In October of last year, I issued a statement which set forth my views, and have enclosed a copy for your information. [copy is present] My position has not changed at this point. If my party wanted me as its candidate, I would accept. I have also stated that I would reconsider my position if 'unforeseen circumstances' developed. I do not feel, at this time, that such circumstances have taken place. Again, I am deeply grateful for your offer of support, and especially for your friendship. Warmest best wishes." From Ford's October 19, 1979 statement delivered in the U.S. Capitol building, in part: "There are a number of Republican candidates, announced and unannounced, seeking the GOP nomination. They include able, experienced, and qualified individuals who are fully qualified to be our next President in the difficult days ahead. The country needs new leadership. I believe it will be provided by the Republican Party. I have given all of these matters a good deal of thought, weighing personal as well as political considerations, and have made a firm decision not to become an active candidate for the nomination of my party...." Former California Governor Ronald Reagan received the presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention held in Detroit July 14-17, 1980. He asked Gerald R. Ford to be his Vice Presidential candidate. Former President Ford declined. Reagan then asked his chief opponent in the primaries, George Bush, to be his running-mate. He accepted and the Reagan-Bush ticket was elected in 1980 and reelected in 1984. Fine condition.
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