Generalization: While Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter were both decent
men, neither of them was an exceptionally great leader. Neither of them
seemed to have a clear vision of what America should be, nor did either
succeed in keeping their promises to the American people. Comment.
Potential ID’s: GERALD FORD, WIN!, SALT, DETENTE, KHMER ROUGE, OPEC,
JIMMY CARTER, BORN-AGAIN CHRISTIANS, HELSINKI ACCORDS
II. Ford background
III. Attempts to salvage Nixon achievements
A. Deficit control
C. Foreign policy: Détente
IV. Crippling of Ford administration
A. SALT talks break down
B. Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos fall to communists
C. OPEC goes uncontrolled
D. Economic problems skyrocket
VI. Ford seeks an election mandate
VII. Who will lead the Democrats?
VIII. Jimmy Carter: Background
IX. 1976 Campaign: Who was this Jimmy Carter?
X. Carter as president
A. Foreign policy blunders
B. Failed social policy
C. Failed economic policy