It could be argued that Nixon's famous Checkers speech, 60 years old this week, which not only saved his political career, but was also his most meaningful legacy. It, more than anything else led, was the catalyst behind the media's present day interest in and disclosure of a candidate's finances (but sadly, not nearly enough, of late).
Of course, compared to Romney, Nixon was a middle class schlub. Romney won't be going this route, you can be sure. He's not as bright as Nixon was.
It's fascinating to watch.
Nixon's "Checkers Speech" – Part 2 of 2 – YouTube (was not embeddable)
- Richard Nixon's checkers speech – Wikipedia
- Richard Nixon – Wikipedia
- Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
- OpenSecrets.org: Money in Politics — See Who's Giving & Who's Getting