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Favorable or Unfavorable #6: Spiro T Agnew


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Favorable or Unfavorable #6: Spiro T Agnew  

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  2. 2. Favorable or Unfavorable #6: Spiro T Agnew



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Nixon's first VP, Spiro T. Agnew of MD. He was a moderate Republican gov or MD. Initially a liberal, he became Nixon's attack dog by 1972, which painted him as arguably more conservative than Nixon. He was so aggressive and impulsive a speaker that Nixon was reluctant to keep him as VP because he was prone to ill-advised comments. He was typically isolated from Nixon's inner circle by 1970. Ultimately, Nixon didn't have to keep him long into his 2nd term. 

Here are his actions:

Agnew, Spiro T 1968 Gains national recognition as pro-Civil Rights Gov who is "tough on crime" during race riots
Agnew, Spiro T 1968 Chairs "Rockefeller for President" Committee
Agnew, Spiro T 1968 VP on Nixon's ticket to satisfy moderate Republicans
Agnew, Spiro T 1970 Losing in Nixon admin power-struggle against Haldeman
Agnew, Spiro T 1972 VP on Nixon's reelection ticket, despite strong reluctance from Nixon
Agnew, Spiro T 1973 Encourages Congress to investigate him for impeachment
Agnew, Spiro T 1973 Compelled to resign b/c tax evasion, kickbacks, etc.

Spiro Agnew in 1972, a middle-aged white American male in suit and tie, standing in front of a furled flag

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1 hour ago, 10centjimmy said:

I marked him as favorable for the willingness to admit to wrongdoing and resigning.

Yeah, tbh, if we're following the rule of "just what's here".... he actually sounds.... okay... so by that logic I'll do the same...  I mean he's still a borderline case and I'd argue very little of substance tbh.

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2 hours ago, 10centjimmy said:

I marked him as favorable for the willingness to admit to wrongdoing and resigning.

 

13 minutes ago, OrangeP47 said:

Yeah, tbh, if we're following the rule of "just what's here".... he actually sounds.... okay... so by that logic I'll do the same...  I mean he's still a borderline case and I'd argue very little of substance tbh.

I voted unfavorable because he did the wrongdoing in the first place. Sure, he gets points for admitting it, but it's not enough to save my vote for him. I'm not strongly opposed to him, but if forced to pick, I'm focusing in on the fact he had to resign. 

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