Barry Goldwater

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Barry Goldwater was the Republican Party's U.S. presidential candidate in 1964. He was a hard-right conservative from Arizona who won Ku Klux Klan endorsement for his racial views, and hawkish supporters for advocating the use of nuclear weapons. His campaign slogan was "In your heart, you know he's right" which was countered by his Democratic opponent, Lyndon Johnson, with "In your guts, you know he's nuts."

He eventually won only his home state of Arizona and five former Confederate states, whlle Johnston won a staggering 61.1 percent of the popular vote.

Goldwater aides and supporter

  • President Ronald Reagan
  • Tobacco lobbyist Paul G Dietrich
  • Lee Atwater - Republican strategist (who advised against the racist program) (later worked for Reagan, Bush, Trump)
  • Paul Manafort who later ran the Reagan campaign in the south using 'dog whistle' statements to enlist racists surreptitiously,


Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles


  1. Honorary Board, Republicans for Environmental Protection, accessed September 14, 2010.