GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) It was 40 years ago last month that President Gerald R. Ford pardoned his predecessor, President Richard Nixon.
Today, a series of nationwide debates about the legacy of past presidents began in Grand Rapids, in recognition of the anniversary.
The first event began by discussing Ford and his handling of major issues, like the Watergate scandal.
Prosecutors involved in the case said they had enough evidence to bring Nixon to trial. Others say that while Ford's pardon received a lot of backlash, it did help heal the country and move us forward.
Tonight at 5:00 and 6:00pm, you'll hear whether President Ford regretted his decision 25 years later and what his son thinks of it today.