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Head Chair: Alexis Roberts
Crisis Director: Jakob Hofso

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In November of 1972, Richard Nixon was re-elected President in one of the largest landslides in American history, crushing George McGovern and reaffirming his popularity. In his first term, the Nixon administration had begun a gradual exit from the Vietnam War, improved relations with China, and curbed rising inflation. With a clear mandate from the American people and success in international affairs, long Nixon’s priority, the administration could hardly have wished for a better start to his second term.

However, his administration would quickly disintegrate under a barrage of scandals. In the run-up to the 1972 election, a group of burglars had infiltrated the Democratic National Committee’s headquarters at the Watergate hotel. The Committee for the Re-Election of the President was implicated in the burglary, and Nixon himself was suspected of playing a role. Meanwhile, Vice President Spiro Agnew was accused of bribery and tax evasion, further cementing the image of the Nixon administration as hopelessly corrupt.

In this committee, the members of Nixon’s cabinet must find a balance between resolving the scandals and addressing the nation’s problems. Price controls, rising inflation, and an oil crisis threatened the stability of the American economy. On the foreign policy, détente with the Soviet Union continued, and the United States attempted to improve relations with China. The members of Nixon’s cabinet must attempt to fulfill their policy priorities while maintaining their standing in the collapsing government.

Alexis can be contacted at dmunc.nixon@davismun.org