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Why did Richard Nixon cause the Watergate scandal?

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As mentioned by the other posters Nixon's own arrogance was probably his downfall. Couple arrogance and paranoia together and it is not a good combination. Unfortunately for Nixon his entire Presidency is remembered only for the Watergate break-in.

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All good answers and insights which should give you plenty to think about as you write your paper.  In addition to the aforementioned arrogance (both personal arrogance and the arrogance of position and power), it seems to me there was also at least a hint of paranoia.  If he had been as confident as he appeared, there would have been no need for such actions.  He clearly surrounded himself with like-minded people, as so many in power tend to do, and there were no checks and balances to address the issues of accountability and honor and ethics and morals.  If they'd had even a small contingent of truly principled people in the Nixon Administration, the entire ugly episode might have been avoided.

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