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.
San Francisco, California
Palace of Fine Arts
Jimmy Carter responds during the second presidential debate.
Campaign Stops: San Francisco, Hawthorne, Los Angeles
President Ford and Ronald Reagan prior to Salute to the President Dinner, Beverly Hills, CA.
Campaign Stops: Hollywood, Glendale, Burbank ... Lawton, OK
President Ford greeted by Big Bow and others in Lawton, OK.
Campaign Stop: Dallas
President Ford at the opening of the Texas State Fair in Dallas, TX.
Campaign Stop: Brooklyn, Rockland
Ford fan outside campaign rally at the Rockland, NY County Courthouse.
Campaign Stops: White Plains, New York City ... Union, NJ
President Ford speaking at a campaign stop in Union, NJ.
Campaign Stops: Des Moines, Ames ... Joliet, IL
President Ford on a tour of harvesting operations at the King Farm in Boone County, Iowa.
Campaign Stops: Joliet, Bloomington
President Ford's "Whistlestop"” campaign stop in Bloomington, IL.
First Lady Betty Ford's campaign trip to California with Steve Ford.
Campaign Stops: Richmond, Raleigh-Durham, Columbia
President Ford, Steve Ford and Elizabeth Dole in Columbia, SC.
Campaign Stops: Portland ... Seattle
President Ford in Portland, OR.
Campaign Stops: Auburn Hills
Betty Ford Campaigns with "Jerry", the Golden Retriever in Auburn Hills, MI.