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Goldwater: Cold War Victory to be Determined by "Power of Conviction"

Feb. 21, 1962 - Senator Barry Goldwater urged the U.S. today not to “compete in bragging” with the Soviet Union. The Arizona Republican told an audience at the University of Bridgeport that citing low prices and high wages “converts no Communist, impresses few neutrals and does not convince even ourselves.” “The competition between the Communists and what we call the free world,” he said, “is clearly not being decided by living standards or even by the big battalions. The issue will be determined by power of conviction: the conviction of men who fear and love God, or the conviction of materialists who detest anything higher than themselves. And if our faith and our culture are to prevail, we must take our stand forthrightly on certain moral truths and ancient ways.”

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