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National Press Club Luncheon Speakers

Richard M. Nixon, May 21, 1958

Image: Vice President Richard M. Nixon with Sen. John F. Kennedy, Jacob Seidenberg, Herman Edelsberg and Ruth Rabb
Vice President Richard M. Nixon (left) with Ruth Rabb (center) and Sen. John F. Kennedy (right), May 1958. National Press Club Archives

Vice President Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994) spoke to reporters at a National Press Club luncheon and fielded their questions one week after his “goodwill” trip to eight South American nations ended in a vicious demonstration of anti-Americanism that threatened his life. Nixon kept his cool throughout the ordeal and returned home to accept a hero’s welcome. The encounter, one of the “Six Crises” Nixon described in the book he wrote a few years later bearing that title, led the vice president to urge President Dwight D. Eisenhower to revamp U.S. policy toward Latin America. At the nationally televised Press Club talk, he expressed opinions in this vein that he fleshed out for the president in a National Security Council meeting the following day.... More [PDF; 147 KB]

Timings (hh:mm:ss)

Introductions: 00:00-07:10
Speech: 07:11-28:20
Q & A: 28:21-01:00:16

Topics of the Talk

  • Venezuelan Attack on Nixon: 11:09-12:56; 28:39-33:50; 42:04-46:58; 49:05-50:40
  • Possible Communist Influence in Latin America: 17:53-23:02; 30:59-32:50; 55:07-55:44
  • United States and Latin American Relationships: 23:03-27:17; 31:18-32:26; 33:51-36:39; 39:53-42:03; 50:41-55:07; 55:55-58:26
  • Little Rock Crisis (International Influence): 38:45-39:52
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