I Am Not a Crook: The Richard Nixon Quiz

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For better or worse, Richard M. Nixon left his mark on American politics. There were plenty of high and low points in between the family ranch and the helicopter ride away from the White House. How much do you know about the 37th U.S. president?

In what state was Nixon born?

Nixon was born in Yorba Linda, California, in 1913.

What does the "M" in Richard M. Nixon stand for?

Everything's coming up Richard Milhous Nixon.

At what university did Nixon attend law school?

Nixon went to the Duke University School of Law on a full scholarship.

In what branch of the military did Nixon serve during World War II?

Nixon served in the Navy, primarily running logistics and supply operations.

What was the first major political office that Nixon held?

In 1946, Nixon defeated incumbent Democrat Jerry Voorhis for a seat in the House of Representatives, representing California's 12th District.

What communist-hunting congressional committee was Nixon part of in the late 1940s?

The infamous House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) was part of Nixon's congressional career.

In 1950, what political office did Nixon run for?

He ran for the U.S. Senate against Democrat Helen Douglas.

Did he win or lose when he ran for U.S. Senate in 1950?

Nixon won the election by a large margin.

Nixon's campaign tactics against Douglas included comparing her to another politician with rumored communist sympathies. This campaign earned him what nickname, which stuck to him through his political career?

The "Tricky Dick" sobriquet was especially unflattering during his presidential scandal.

What president did Nixon serve as vice president under?

Nixon was chosen as Eisenhower's vice president for the 1952 election.

During the 1952 campaign, Nixon was accused of using money from political supporters to reimburse himself for expenses, a legal but ethically questionable tactic. How did he defuse the scandal?

The widely watched "Checkers Speech" turned public opinion in Nixon's favor.

Why was it called the "Checkers Speech"?

Nixon declared that his daughter would not be returning her puppy to the supporter that had given it to the Nixons.

How was the office of vice president different with Nixon on the job than it had been in the past?

Eisenhower gave Nixon far more responsibility than previous vice presidents had enjoyed, allowing Nixon to be more active in political affairs.

What happened in 1955 that led to a turning point in Nixon's career?

Nixon was lauded for his efforts while Eisenhower was incapacitated, which re-energized his career. He'd been thinking of quitting politics before then.

How many terms did Nixon serve as vice president?

He served under Eisenhower for both of Eisenhower's terms.

What was considered the deciding factor in Nixon "losing" the first televised debate to John F. Kennedy?

Nixon's debate performance and failure due to his appearance is an example of the way television, as a visual medium, changed American society.

What was the electoral vote tally in the 1960 presidential election?

Nixon won more states but fewer electoral votes, losing 303-219.

What did Nixon run for after losing the 1960 presidential election?

Nixon ran for governor of California and lost, a failure widely considered the end of his career in politics at the time.

What did Nixon infamously say when he conceded the gubernatorial election?

Nixon was lashing out at reporters when he told them they wouldn’t have him to kick around anymore, suggesting he planned to retire from politics.

What is the title of Nixon's first book?

"Six Crises" referred to key events during Nixon's time in Congress and as vice president.

Who was Nixon competing against in the 1968 Republican presidential primaries?

He faced George Romney, father of Mitt Romney, who dropped out of the race before the national convention.

With what nation did Nixon greatly expand diplomatic relations, partly through an exchange of table tennis teams?

Nixon traveled to China and met with Mao Zedong, something that seemed impossible a few years earlier.

In what year were the Paris Peace Accords signed, ending the Vietnam War, which Nixon had pledged to end during his campaign?

The treaty was signed in 1973, but it wasn't necessarily the peace with honor he was hoping for.

What was the name of Nixon's 1972 re-election fundraising organization?

The acronym CREEP (Committee for the Re-election of the President) seems like something from a movie. In truth, it was internally known as the CRP, but everyone called it CREEP once the Watergate scandal happened.

What crime initially exposed the Watergate scandal?

The discovery that Nixon campaign funds were used to bribe the CREEP operatives who were arrested for the break-in into silence really blew the scandal open.

Former White House lawyer John Dean told the Senate Watergate Committee something huge that suggested there was direct evidence of the sitting president being involved in illegal schemes. What did he tell them?

Dean knew that Nixon recorded everything in the Oval Office. Legal efforts to gain access to the tapes consumed the rest of the Watergate scandal.

What was the Saturday Night Massacre?

Both Elliot Richardson and William Ruckelshaus resigned rather than do what Nixon told them. Robert Bork eventually fired Cox at Nixon's behest. Nixon's infamous "I am not a crook" press conference occurred about a month later.

Why did Nixon feel he should NOT have to release the White House tapes to investigators?

Nixon's claim of executive privilege was overruled by the Supreme Court, and the tapes were released.

Would Nixon have been impeached if he hadn’t resigned?

The release of the tapes turned almost every member of Congress against him — the impeachment vote was certain to succeed if he didn't resign.

True or false: Richard Nixon is the only president to have resigned from office.

Nixon resigned on Aug. 9, 1974. Gerald Ford succeeded him as president.

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