Baker's record of public service began in 1975 as undersecretary of commerce to President Ford.
President Ford was "a man with a true moral compass," Baker told the audience at the Ford Museum in Grand Rapids, Mich. He added that the Ford was a model for leadership qualities:
"At his very core, Gerald Ford was a leader, one who was guided by a clear conscience and a dogged determination to see his country at its very best."
View video of Baker's Oct. 31, 2011, remarks below: