Presidential Speeches

September 23, 1952: "Checkers" Speech

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Richard Nixon

September 23, 1952

Source National Archives

As a candidate for vice president, Richard Nixon gives a televised address to the public after being accused of accepting illegal gifts. Nixon provides a detailed account of his and his family's finances to remove any suspicion. The title of the speech refers to the Nixon's family dog, Checkers, who was a gift but one which Nixon declines to return.

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September 23, 1952: "Checkers" Speech

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