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At the 1952 Republican national convention young Senator Richard M Nixon waschosen to be the running mate of presidential candidate Dwight D Eisenhower Nixon had enjoyed a spectacular rise in national politics Elected to Congress in 1946 hequickly made a name for himself as a militant anti-Communist while serving on the HouseUn-American Activities Committee In 1950 at age 38 he was elected to the US Senate andbecame an outspoken critic of President Trumans conduct of the Korean War wasteful spendingby the Democrats and also alleged Communists were in the governmentBut Nixons rapid rise in American politics came to a crashing halt after a sensationalheadline appeared in the New York Post stating Secret Rich Mens Trust Fund Keeps Nixon inStyle Far Beyond His Salary The headline appeared just a few days after Eisenhower had chosenhim as his running mate Amid the shock and outrage that followed many Republicans urgedEisenhower to remove Nixon from the ticket before it was too late Nixon however in a brilliant political maneuverer took his case directly to the Americanpeople via the new medium of television in a nationwide hookup With his wife sitting stoicallynearby Nixon offered an apologetic explanation of all of his finances including the now-famouslines regarding his wifes respectable Republican cloth coat and the tale of a little dog namedCheckers given as a present to his young daughters I want to say right now that regardless ofwhat they say were going to keep it He turned the last section of his address into a political attack making veiled accusationsabout the finances of his opponents and challenging them to provide the same kind of openAlthough it would forever be known as Nixons Checkers Speech it was actually apolitical triumph for Nixon at the time it was given Eisenhower requested Nixon to come to WestVirginia where he was campaigning and greeted Nixon at the airport with Dick youre my boyThe Republicans went on to win the election by a landslide BibliographyAmbrose
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