Alexander Haig Hospitalized in Baltimore

Friday, 19 Feb 2010 10:53 AM

 

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Alexander Haig, the retired four-star general who served as Richard Nixon's chief of staff during the Watergate scandal, was in a Baltimore hospital on Friday with an undisclosed medical condition.

Johns Hopkins Medical Center spokesman Gary Stephenson confirmed that the 85-year-old Haig had been admitted as a patient. But he did not provide details.

Haig served as a top adviser to three Republican presidents -- Nixon, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan. A career Army officer, he was also NATO supreme allied commander and later Reagan's secretary of state.

Haig ran for president in 1988, but was dogged in the campaign by his famous declaration "I'm in control here" after the 1981 assassination attempt on Reagan.

Critics called that statement, which seemed to incorrectly state the line of presidential succession, pompous and militaristic and used it against him.

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