Richard M. Nixon: “Kitchen” Debate with Nikita Khrushchev

(1959)

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Before he became president, Richard Nixon had earned a reputation as a hard-nosed politician with a gift for seeking publicity. He had been put on the presidential ticket with Dwight Eisenhower even though Eisenhower seemed to have no rapport with Nixon and did little to support his running mate when Nixon found himself in trouble during the 1952 presidential campaign and had to deal with accusations that he had used a secret political fund for his personal benefit. Throughout his...