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House Congressional Record- On the Confirmation of Gerald Ford



House Congressional Record- On the Confirmation of Gerald Ford


Benjamin Rosenthal went on record in Congress in opposition of the confirmation of Gerald Ford as the Vice President of the United States.


Ford, Gerald R., 1913-2006
Constitutional amendments--United States--25th


United States. Congress. House.




Queens College Department of Special Collections and Archives (New York, N.Y.)




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United States


Congressional Record -- House
December 6, 1973

The SPEAKER pro tempore. Under a previous order of the House, the gentleman
from New York (Mr. ROSENTHAL) is recognized for 5 minutes.
Mr. ROSENTHAL. Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to the confirmation of GERALD FORD as Vice President of the United States .
My vote against Mr. FORD today is based on two considerations: first, on my duty as the Representative of the people of the Eighth Congressional District of New York, under the 25th amendment, to make an independent determination of the nominee's qualifications. I do not believe that Mr. FORD’s views on economic policy, tax reform, national defense, civil rights, civil liberties, consumer protection, urban affairs, and the like properly represent the need and aspirations of my constituents.
My opposition also rests on the unique circumstances surrounding Mr. FORD'S nomination by President Nixon – circumstances that were clearly not contemplated by the 25th amendment. I am referring, of course, to the fact that this nomination comes from a man who is currently under investigation by a committee of the House of Representatives for the possible commission of impeachable offenses. Having undertaken, an investigation of the President's conduct in office, it is clearly inappropriate for us to permit Mr. Nixon to name his possible successor. The more reasonable process for selecting a Vice President would have been for the Congress to have approved pending legislation for a special election.
Mr. FORD has undoubtedly undergone the most thorough review of a candidate's personal background and ethical posture of any in our Nation's history. He is a man of unquestionable integrity, honesty and good will-character traits the importance of which we have especially come to understand in recent months.
But in my judgment, the congressional process which has brought us to the point of today's vote has not measured up to the needs and demands of the times. I find it extremely regrettable that during these difficult days at home and abroad, Congress has directed so much of its confirmation effort to the question of Mr. FORD's fitness for the Vice Presidency and so little to the question of his potential for performance as President.
Congress' role in selecting a Vice President, under the 25th amendment, should be to recreate to the greatest extent practicable the conditions of an arduous national campaign and imitate the searching questions and demands of the electorate during such a campaign. The single most valuable aspect of a Presidential campaign is that it subjects a candidate's political platform to searching public cross-examination and his personal mettle to the kinds of stresses and strains that are not unlike those experienced by a President.
With some exceptions, Congress has failed to accomplish these purposes and as a consequence we know little more about GERALD FORD's real potentialities for the Presidency than we did before.

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Congressional Record
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United States. Congress. House., “House Congressional Record- On the Confirmation of Gerald Ford,” Queens College Archives and Special Collections, accessed December 17, 2018,