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November 7, 1962: Richard Nixon’s “Last Press Conference”

Richard Nixon - 1962On this day in 1962, Richard Nixon conceded the California gubernatorial race to incumbent Pat Brown at an angry press conference at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. At the time, he stated that it would be his last press conference.

The speech (excerpts of which can be seen below) came the day after the polls closed. Nixon had gone to bed without conceding the race because there still were uncounted votes in Republican-leaning counties. The next morning, Nixon congratulated Brown on his victory and gave a press conference criticizing the media for its coverage of the race. He then said. “you don’t have Nixon to kick around any more, because, gentlemen, this is my last press conference.”

It, of course, wasn’t his last. Nixon returned in 1968 to win the presidency. Given the way he left the political arena, his comeback is seen as one of the greatest in history.

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