Franklin Thomas, former President of the Ford Foundation

Franklin Thomas was president of the world's largest philanthropic organization for twelve years, until his retirement in 1996. I first saw him in an interview with Charlayne Hunter-Gault on the NewsHour, in late April of 1996, after his retirement from the Ford Foundation.

Excerpts from the interview:

This clear, forthright talk is the kind of thing I want to see in people who hold high office in this nation. We could get Mr. Thomas in there with Walter Cronkite. They would make a great team. Exceptional leadership qualities: Integrity, honesty, courage. They would do it if we ask.

It is the Electors to the President who have the responsibility for choosing the President and Vice President, but if there is not a majority of Electors who can agree on one nominee, then the choice goes to the Congress.

John Champagne


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