August 08, 1973 : Vice President Agnew under attack

Introduction

Vice President Agnew branded reports that he took kickbacks from government contracts in Maryland as “damned lies.” Agnew had taken a lot of heat in the media when he assumed a lead position as Nixon’s point man on Vietnam. He frequently attacked the student protest movement, blaming the intellectual community, which he referred to as “impudent snobs,” for campus unrest. Despite the charges of bribery and income tax evasion, Agnew vowed that he would never resign and blamed his troubles on the press, who, he said, were out to get him for his controversial stand on the war. Ultimately, however, he resigned from office on October 10, 1973.

Article Details:

August 08, 1973 : Vice President Agnew under attack

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    History.com Staff

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    History.com

  • Year Published

    2009

  • Title

    August 08, 1973 : Vice President Agnew under attack

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    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/vice-president-agnew-under-attack

  • Access Date

    November 19, 2017

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    A+E Networks