Nixon on Abortion; Reagan on the Saturday Night Massacre

While George W. Bush was probably the worst, there have been problems with other Republican presidents. Newly released tapes provide more information on both Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. Nixon feared that legalized abortion would increase “permissiveness,” but did see some exceptions where he believed abortion was necessary:

“There are times when an abortion is necessary. I know that. When you have a black and a white,” he told an aide, before adding: “Or a rape.

Ronald Reagan backed Nixon on the Saturday Night Massacre:

Nine months later, after Nixon precipitated the resignations of two top Justice Department officials and forced the firing of the special prosecutor looking into the Watergate affair, Ronald Reagan, who was then the governor of California and would later be president, told the White House that he heartily approved.

Reagan told the White House that the action — which would become known as the “Saturday Night Massacre” — was “probably the best thing that ever happened — none of them belong where they were,” according to a Nixon aide’s notes of the private conversation.

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    Mike b.t.r.m. says:

    I was just going to whine about mud slinging at dead presidents when I recalled that not too long ago I heard my talk radio guys blasting some of F.D.R’s policies and shots at Woodrow Wilson. So I guess turn about is fair play. Have you heard the latest dirt on Rutherford B. Hayes?

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    Ron Chusid says:

    In this case bringing up information on dead presidents makes sense when new information is available.

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