International Development homework help. Hi, need to submit a 1750 words paper on the topic Political Life of President Richard Nixon. Born in 1913, Nixon was an excellent student in school. . He graduated near the top of his class in high school, then Whittier College and Duke University law school as well.  .He practiced law back home in California and got married before entering World War II in 1942 as a naval officer. Following his military service, Nixon ran and won a seat in Congress representing the 12th district of California (Richard M. Nixon, 2001). His strong anti-Communist stance earned him a place on the House Committee on Un-American Activities where he gained national attention largely due to the Red Scare enveloping the country at that time. Reelected to the House in 1948 and the Senate in 1950, he quickly rose to prominence in the Republican Party. In 1952 he became the Partys vice-presidential nominee alongside eventual twice-elected President Dwight D. Eisenhower.Following the 1956 election, Nixon traveled extensively, notably to the USSR where he debated Nikita Khrushchev in 1959. This high-profile meeting dubbed the Kitchen Debate, vaulted Nixon to national prominence. In 1960, Nixon ran for president against John F. Kennedy where he was perceived to lose the first televised presidential debate then lost the election by about 100,000 votes. He lost a gubernatorial bid in California in 1962 and joined a New York law firm where he did more world traveling. Though he had said after his 1962 bid for public office that he would not run again for anything, he did run again and won the presidency in 1968 by a very slim margin. His victory was due to the fact that the Democratic Party was sharply divided over the Vietnam War (Cloud, 2006).When Nixon took office as President in January of 1969, he faced a number of controversial issues. The war in Vietnam had just completed a year that experienced the highest number of U.S. casualties during the ten-year conflict. Many Americans were openly protesting the war. Protests were also held regarding the lack of civil rights afforded minorities and women.