John Dickerson on the vice presidential dance between Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford.

The Reagan-Ford Vice Presidential Dance

The Reagan-Ford Vice Presidential Dance

Bite-sized stories from presidential campaign history.
Feb. 24 2016 1:16 PM

The Reagan-Ford Vice Presidential Dance

Ronald Reagan was almost Gerald Ford’s vice president and vice-versa. Which is strange, since neither man cared much for the other.


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John Dickerson is a co-anchor of CBS This Morning, co-host of the Slate Political Gabfest, host of the Whistlestop podcast, and author of Whistlestop and On Her Trail.