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Democrat Senator Thurmond Praises Goldwater

Dec. 10, 1961 - Senator Strom Thurmond, Democrat of South Carolina, proclaimed Senator Barry Goldwater’s popularity in the South. “The Southern people believe in what Senator Goldwater is advocating,” he declared. He declined to say whether he would support a Presidential bid by the Arizona Republican, but asserted that his views were closer to Senator Goldwater’s than to President Kennedy’s. He also said that he would like to see a realignment of national parties that would give conservative voters more voice. He declared that both parties were pushing more and more for liberal legislation and “in my judgment, it will mean destruction for this country unless there is a change.”

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