Ford vs. Carter

President Ford faced off against Jimmy Carter in 1976, hoping to catch up to the Democratic challenger's wide lead in the polls, only to shoot himself in the foot on foreign policy, declaring, "There is no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe," a statement that surprised voters and Eastern Europeans alike. Moderator Max Frankel's reaction "I'm sorry, what?" perfectly summed up Ford's stumble. (Los Angeles Times)
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President Ford faced off against Jimmy Carter in 1976, hoping to catch up to the Democratic challenger's wide lead in the polls, only to shoot himself in the foot on foreign policy, declaring, "There is no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe," a statement that surprised voters and Eastern Europeans alike. Moderator Max Frankel's reaction "I'm sorry, what?" perfectly summed up Ford's stumble. (Los Angeles Times)

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