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President Ford Addresses NAA

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President Ford Addresses NAA

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Former President Gerald R. Ford last week told the annual convention of the Newspaper Association of America (NAA) that he supported the use of ground troops in Kosovo.

"I think we ought to put ground forces in, work with the air [war], and try to get the problem solved as quickly as possible," said Ford in response to a question. He called ground troops the best of several bad options.

Ford's comment came while he was answering questions Wednesday after he delivered a speech about foreign and domestic policy over the last half century.

In answer to a question about the Columbine High School shootings in Colorado, Ford urged parents to maintain a close relationship with their children and called for new gun control legislation.

"There is one thing that I would recommend. I'm prefacing my comment by saying, 'I'm not a hunter. I'm not a fisherman. We never had a gun in our home, Betty and myself,'" said Ford. …

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