1976 Presidential Election

Timeline: The Campaign Trail

This timeline charts Gerald Ford's path in the 1976 election, from competing for the Republican nomination in the primaries to his fight against Jimmy Carter in the general election. Follow along to learn more about the key moments in his campaign.

September 15


Ann Arbor
General Election Campaign Kickoff

President Ford at a campaign rally at the University of Michigan.

September 23

First Presidential Debate  

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Walnut Street Theatre

September 25


Campaign Stop: Reserve

President Ford aboard the SS Natchez in Reserve, LA.

September 26

Wisconsin (Betty Ford)

Campaign Stops: Milwaukee, Glendale

First Lady Betty Ford attending the United German Societies of Milwaukee Oktoberfest.

September 26

Louisiana to Mississippi to Alabama to Florida

Campaign Stops: New Orleans ... Gulfport, Biloxi, Pascagula ... Mobile ... Miami

President Ford's campaign motorcade from Gulfport to Biloxi, MS.

September 27


Campaign Stop: Miami

President Ford and Villa Maria Nursing Home residents in Miami, FL.