It’s known as one of the most significant public speeches, which spurred National Dogs in Politics Day on Sept. 23.
In 1952, then-Senator Richard Nixon gave his historic half-hour nationally televised “Checkers” speech where he worked to answer to charges he abused political expense funds. The result of the speech had an unexpected significance in politics still seen over a half-century later.
As The Atlantic points out, around 60 million people heard the speech on television or over the radio. Nixon was pulling out all the stops to keep his place on General Dwight Eisenhower’s national GOP ticket in their race for the White House. The televised speech was historically significant in and of itself at the time for its innovative and efficient communication with voters across the country.