The Kennedy-Nixon Debates Videos

Richard Nixon's Checkers Speech

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Richard Nixon's Checkers Speech

(12 min) tv-pg

On September 23, 1952, as a candidate for vice president, Richard M. Nixon appears on national television to defend himself against reports that he had taken $18,000 from his supporters for his personal use. In his defense, he denies personal use of any funds, with one exception: the family dog, Checkers, which was given to Nixon as a gift.