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Richard Nixon and the 'Checkers Speech'

A new book examines Nixon's landmark speech and its wide-ranging effects

In September 1952, Richard Nixon, running for vice president on Dwight D. Eisenhower's ticket, delivered the so-called Checkers Speech, defending himself against charges of misappropriated campaign funds to a national television audience. Nixon's confessional tone was something unique to American politics, and the fact that it was delivered to a national television audience in the fledgling days of the new medium made it among the most-watched political speeches in U.S. history. … Back to Article

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