In 1964, the soul of the Republican Party was up for grabs. Presidential nominee Barry Goldwater scoffed at the idea of reconcilliation with his party’s moderate leaders and instead delivered a vociferous speech setting forth his vision for a modern Conservative movement – one that did not shy away from extremism. Though he badly lost the election, Goldwater’s ideologically-driven message – best distilled by his convention speech – planted the seed for the modern right-wing GOP that controls the party to this day.
Political speech experts featured in this episode include:
Michael A. Cohen
Author, Live From The Campaign Trail
VP, New York Young Republican Club
Speechwriter for President Clinton and Founding Partner, West Wing Writers
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