Senator Richard Nixon delivers the Checkers speech

While the running mate with Dwight D. Eisenhower in the early 1950s, Richard Nixon was faced with public scrutiny regarding campaign funds used for personal expenses as well as controversy over gifts given to him by donors. The press and the public questioned whether he would do favors for those who donated said gifts.

Nixon went on television and radio on September 23, 1952, to address these concerns. During his discussion, he brought light to the fact that one donor gave him a small black-and-white dog his daughter dubbed “Checkers.” He stated that he had done nothing wrong and the public responded well the candidate’s candidness and Nixon went on to secure the vice presidency.

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