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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Friday, August 9. 1974

SNixon cites past record
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By AP and UPI
In announcing his resignation,
former President Richard Nix-
on dwelled heavily on his past
achievements and his hopes for
the future of the United States.
The following is a partial text
of his remarks which were
broadcast on nation-wide tele-
vision beginning at 9 p.m. yes-
terday. His address lasted
slightly more than 15 minutes.
"This is the 37th time I have
spoken to you from this office
where so many decisions have
been made that shape the his-
tors of the nation.
I have always tried to do
what is best for the nation.
Therefore, I shall resign the
presidency effective at noon
Friday ..."
In turning os-er the office to
Gerald Ford, Nixon said "S
know, as I said when I nomi-
nated him, that the leadership
of America will be in good
hands, but as he assumes that
responsihility he will des'erve
the help and the support of all
of us."
Nixon went on to say that he
would have preferred to have
carried to the finish" the im-
peachment process "despite the
personal agony and my family
unanimously urged me to do
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But he said he had lost the
base in Congress to continue in
office and thus would. turn over
the reigns of government to
AP Photo Ford.
The former president, as he
often had done, cited his part
in ending the Vietnam War and
presidential helping bring peace to the
ting Nixon's world.
"We must complete a struc-
ture of peace so that it can be
said of our generation of Amer-
icans that not only did we end
one war, we helped prevent
s others.
; I shall leave this office with
regret," Nixon said. He called
the Sita years of his administra-
tion "a momentous time, a
time of achievement,"
"As we look to the future, the
first essential is to begin
healing the wounds of the na-
tion," Nixon said, as well as
to restore the strength and high
ideals of America as a "great
and free people"
"By taking this action, I hope
I will speed this process," he
said.

Nixon said he had regrets for
some of the things he had done.
"If some of my judgments
were wrong, and some of them
were wrong, they were taken in
what I felt to be the best in-
terests of the nation."
Ile thanked the friends and
supporters who had stuck with
him and said he would be
"eternally grateful."
"And to those who have not
felt able to give me their sup-
port, let me say I leave with-
itt bitterness to those who op-
pose me.
"All of us have been con-
cerned with the good of the
country whatever our judgment
might have been. So let us all
join together in our common
commitment and helping our
new president."
Nixon said he had always
"fought for what I believe in"
and tried to meet his respon-
sibilities.
"Sometimes I have succeed-
ed. Sometimes I have failed,"
he said, "but I have always
taken heart" from Theodore
Roosevelt's famous tribute to
those who fought hard for what
they thought right.
Nixon said he took an oath
52 years ago to help bring
peace to the world, and "I have
done my very best to be true to
that pledge. This more than
anything I hoped to achieve.
This more than anything I
hoped to be my legacy."
As a result he said he thinks
Americans now have a better
chance for "living in peace
rather than dying in war."
"May God's grace be with
you in all your days," Nixon
said, his voice calm in the mo-
ments of high drama,
Nixon pledged that "as long
as there is a breath of life in
my body," he would continue
to work for the cause of peace.
~ Nixon said he has done his
best and is confident "the world
is a safer place today for
America and all nations, and
all our children have a better
chance than before of living in
peace rather than dying in
war. "
He said he entered the presi-
dency with "a very personal
sense of kinship with each and
every American."

Vindicated?
SENATOR GEORGE McGOVERN (D-S.D.), who lost to Richard Nixon in the 1972
race by a landslide vote, reads a Washington newspaper headline yesterday torecas
resignation.
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