Reagan's campaign speech continues to reverberate 50 years later

Michael Barone
The Washington Examiner

On Oct. 27, 1964, 50 years ago Monday, a movie actor and television host delivered a 30-minute speech on primetime national television in support of the presidential candidacy of Barry Goldwater.

There were no visual diversions, and the production values by today’s standards were primitive. Few if any viewers realized it, but they were watching a future president of the United States…

…Political reporters didn’t take much notice of Reagan’s speech. He was, as he noted, a former Democrat, one who opposed the expansion of government and Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society. But history seemed to be moving in the other direction…



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