Gerald Ford was sworn in as the Vice-President of the United States in the House of Representatives in Washington non Thursday (December 6th).
Gerald Ford was sworn in as the Vice-President of the United States in the House of Representatives in Washington non Thursday (December 6th). A few hours earlier Senators and Congressmen had approved his nomination by an overwhelming 352-vote majority.
Ford, who was the Congressman for Michigan for 25 years, was warmly applauded by his colleagues. President Nixon looked on and smiled as he took the oath administered by Chief Justice, Mr. Warren Burger.
Ford's appointment aroused renewed speculation that pressure will be put on President Nixon to leave office. Republican Senator Javits of New York said that Ford's confirmation meant Republicans must start thinking about asking Nixon to resign.
Ford was nominated by President Nixon when former Vice-President Spiro Agnew resigned on October 8th. Mr. Agnew had decided not to fight charges of income tax evasion. Since then Ford's past has been minutely examined by a senatorial committee. Mr. Ford said in November that he was confident he could be a clam conciliator between the President and the House of Representatives.
After the swearing-in ceremony, Vice-President Ford made a speech expressing his gratitude to President Nixon.