Time Capsule: A Look Back at Nixon's Resignation 40 Years Later

Nixon announced decision to step down amid Watergate scandal on Aug. 8, 1974.
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Because of the Watergate matter. I might not have the support of the congress. That I would consider necessary. To back the very difficult decisions and carry out the duties of this office in the way the interest of the nation. -- require. I have never been. A quarter. To leave office before my term is completed is abhorrent to every instinct in my body. But as president. I must put the interests. Of America first. America needs a full time president. And a full time congress. Particularly at this time with problems we face -- home and abroad. To continue. To fight through the months ahead for in my personal vindication. -- almost totally absorbed the time and attention of both the president. And the congress. In a period when our entire focus should be. On the great issues of peace abroad and prosperity without inflation. Therefore. I shall resign presidency effective at noon tomorrow. Vice president for. -- be sworn in as president. At that -- And assault.

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