POLITICS: Ford Drives for '76

Would he or wouldn't he run for President? That question has been debated on and off ever since Gerald Ford became the first appointed Chief Executive under the 25th Amendment. Although the President has often said that he would be a candidate in 1976, doubts have persisted. Last week, with former California Governor Ronald Reagan increasingly looking as if he might challenge Ford, the President grasped the reality that he must act more forcefully like a candidate and start a campaign organization rolling.

Thus, the President moved to give his most definitive answer...