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Goldwater Still Not Committing To ’64 Run for President

Mar. 2, 1963 - Barry Goldwater (R-Ariz.) has told party conservatives “not to paint me in a corner” in their enthusiasm to make him the 1964 GOP Presidential nominee. Goldwater, a spokesman for conservatives, threw cold water on what has been described as a draft-Goldwater movement by a group formed at a secret meeting in Chicago last fall. “There is no draft movement,” he said today. “I have told these people not to paint me in a corner on the 1964 nomination because I might jump out of it. I am running for re-election to the Senate, and that’s all I’m running for.” “If I should ever become a candidate, wouldn’t you assume that I would create my own organization?” he asked. “I have done everything I can to convince these people that I am not their man,” he said. “If we’ve got only one conservative in the Republican Party, then the party is in pretty bad shape.” Recently, Goldwater has been trying to depict New York Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller as more conservative in his views than most party conservatives are willing to admit. But the Arizona Senator said he isn’t interested in a second-place nomination on a ticket headed by the Governor.


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