National Public Radio's "Talk of the Nation" program reported that former-President Richard Nixon had declared his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination. Accompanying the announcement were audio clips of Nixon delivering his candidacy speech and declaring "I never did anything wrong, and I won't do it again."
Harvard professor Laurence Tribe and Newsweek
reporter Howard Fineman then came on the air to offer their analysis of Nixon's decision and its possible impact on the 1992 presidential race. A clip from Torrie Clarke, press secretary of the Bush-Quayle campaign, was also played in which she said, "We are stunned and think it's an obvious attempt by Nixon to upstage our foreign policy announcement today."
Listeners reacted emotionally to the announcement, flooding NPR with calls expressing shock and outrage. Only during the second half of the program did host John Hockenberry reveal that the announcement had been an April Fool's Day joke. Comedian Rich Little had impersonated Nixon's voice.
Nixon For President Haiku (Submitted by Hoax Museum visitors)
Embittered and lost?
Devastated by the vote?
Choose Nixon once more!
Don't trust the new crooks.
Better the devil you know.
Bring back Tricky Dick!