THE WHITE HOUSE: Drawing the Battle Lines

It was Gerald Ford's week, and he made the most of it. Projecting a fresh sense of confidence in himself, his policies and his political future, the President used the power of his office to take attention away from Ronald Reagan, his Republican rival, and from a crowded field of Democratic candidates. Ford used the State of the Union address and the budget message not only to lay out his programs but to launch in earnest his campaign for election in November.

Shaping the theme of his budget and his campaign, Ford relied...

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