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The Next Presidential Election

Ted Vaill: He went on to be nominated for President on the Republican ticket, exclaiming in his victory speech: “Extremism in defense of patriotism is no vice!”.

With the Presidential Election looming next year, the Republicans are becoming excited that they may just take the Presidency away from the weakened Democratic incumbent and win control of both houses of Congress. Then the Republican “wish list” of things they have wanted to do since the New Deal would become possible.

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Then they would be able to continue to protect the United States from the enemies of the country that seek to bring it down, by continuing to fight the foreign wars that have protected our democracy so well. A patriotic American from the Southwest who wears cowboy boots and has a handsome face has emerged to lead the party to victory. Some people think he is really not that smart, but he is a likable fellow. He has the conscience of a conservative, and in fact has written a book by that title, and he has proven that he can win elections, and in fact has never been defeated for public office in his home state.

He has a loyal, and some say, rabid following, and the strong support of a conservative movement which has often operated outside the Republican Party but has become a force to be reckoned with within it. People who have never before been active in Republican politics have been swept up in the movement to elect this charismatic man to be our next President.

Who is this man? Turn the page to find out…

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It is Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona, and the year is 1964. He went on to be nominated for President on the Republican ticket, exclaiming in his victory speech: “Extremism in defense of patriotism is no vice!”. He had the rabid support of members of the John Birch Society, a right wing, anti-Communist group dedicated to preventing Communism from reaching our shores. President Lyndon Johnson, seeking reelection, swamped Goldwater, winning all but six states….

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Ted Vaill

As Legislative Assistant to a Congressman, Ted Vaill met Senator Goldwater several times in the 1960s, and found him engaging but not the brightest bulb in the room. Ted is now a recovering lawyer and filmmaker based in Los Angeles.