In 1964, the conservative wing of the Republican Party successfully nominated Arizona senator Barry Goldwater for president in favor of the “eastern establishment” moderates such as New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller and Pennsylvania Governor William Scranton. Attempting to buck the national trend to turn toward government and legislation to solve society’s problems. Goldwater was crushed in a landslide by Lyndon B. Johnson.
Nevertheless, Goldwater’s acceptance speech at the Republican convention and his subsequent campaign laid down the roots for the conservative movement that would eventually sweep Ronald Reagan into the White House in 1980.
Click on link to download full text of “Mr. Conservative” Barry Goldwater’s 1964 Republican presidential nomination speech.