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    Former US President Gerald Ford has died aged 93.
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    Last month he became the longest-living US president
    when he reached 93 years and 122 days, passing the record held by
    Ronald Reagan.
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    Mr Ford was never elected president. He took office
    after Richard Nixon resigned over the Watergate scandal in 1974 but
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    President George W Bush paid tribute to Mr Ford, a fellow Republican, praising his "integrity and common sense".
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    Gerald Ford was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and lived with
    Betty, 88, at Rancho Mirage, about 130 miles (210km) east of Los
    Angeles in southern California. </font>


    The former president suffered ill health this year and
    he was taken to hospital four times for tests and angioplasty. He
    suffered a stroke in 2000. </font>


    A statement from Betty Ford said: "My family joins me in
    sharing the difficult news that Gerald Ford, our beloved husband,
    father, grandfather and great-grandfather, has passed away at 93 years
    of age."
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    The statement did not give the cause of death.
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    In a message from the White House, President George W Bush said he was "greatly saddened" at the news.
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    "With his quiet integrity, commonsense and kind
    instincts, President Ford helped heal our land and restore public
    confidence in the presidency," Mr Bush said.
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    "Our 38th president will always have a special place in our nation's memory."
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    President Reagan's wife Nancy also paid tribute to a "dear friend and close political ally".
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    "His accomplishments and devotion to our country are
    vast, and even long after he left the presidency he made it a point to
    speak out on issues important to us all."
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    Vietnam War
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    Gerald Ford was the only US president never to win a national election.
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    He was chosen as Richard Nixon's vice-president in 1973, when Spiro Agnew resigned amid corruption charges.
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    Mr Ford then succeeded to the top office when Nixon
    became embroiled in Watergate - the scandal over a break-in at the
    offices of the rival Democratic party in Washington in 1972. </font>


    The attempted bugging of the building was linked to
    officials in the Nixon White House, and the cover-up went all the way
    to the top. </font>


    On taking office Mr Ford declared the "national
    nightmare" of the Nixon scandal over but soon after he revived the
    debate by controversially granting his former boss a pardon for any
    crimes committed as president.
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    Analysts believe in the short term it may have cost him
    the 1976 election, but in the long term the decision has been seen as
    astute.
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    Mr Ford was in office as the US accepted its defeat in the Vietnam War, with the fall of Saigon in April 1975.
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    He said it was time to "bind up the nation's wounds".
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    The opposite of Nixon, Gerald Ford was praised for his openness, sunny disposition and most important, his honesty.
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    Wife Betty became a national figure in her own right, crusading against drug and alcohol addict

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    R.I.P.

    Move over James Brown.

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      #3


      R.I.P. indeed.


      The US needs some of his integrity in their leadership right now.

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