Historian Views Nixon Pardon As a Ford Mistake

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Thousands of visitors are paying their last respects to President Gerald Ford, who lies in state in the U.S. Capitol. In remembering Ford, many credit him with uniting the country by pardoning President Nixon.

But Michael Kazin, a history professor at Georgetown University, does not agree. He tells Madeleine Brand why he still believes President Ford's pardon was a mistake.



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