Issue Corruption

Nixon on Corruption


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The Living Room Candidate - Transcript
"Nixon on Corruption," Eisenhower, 1952

[TEXT: This is a Paid Political Announcement By The EISENHOWER-NIXON California Committee]

MALE NARRATOR #1: The following is a paid political broadcast by the Eisenhower/Nixon California Committee.


Nixon: Let's take a look at corruption. You know it ranges all the way from petty political larceny to grand government theft. And as far as corruption is concerned I want to make this one point very clear. I worked for the government, for nine months during 1942. Mrs. Nixon worked for the government in San Francisco while I was in service overseas. I am proud of the fact that I once worked for the federal government. I am proud of millions of fine, good, honest, decent, loyal people that work for the federal government. And I say that the best thing that can be done for them is to kick out the crooks and the others that have besmirched their reputations in Washington D.C. and that's what we're going to do.

MALE NARRATOR #2: Elect the Eisenhower/Nixon team on November 4th.


"Nixon on Corruption," Eisenhower-Nixon California Committee, 1952

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From Museum of the Moving Image, The Living Room Candidate: Presidential Campaign Commercials 1952-2012. (accessed July 25, 2024).


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