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Goldwater: What About Radical Left?

July 29, 1963 - Senator Barry Goldwater declared today that he was more concerned with members of the radical left in Government than with any members of a rightist society outside the Government. The Arizona Republican spoke at an impromptu news conference at New York City’s Statler-Hilton Hotel before addressing the annual convention of the Beauty and Barber Supply Institute. Asked about Governor Rockefeller’s advice to him to disown supporters on the radical right for his own good and the good of the country, Mr. Goldwater asserted: “I’m more concerned about the Americans for Democratic Action who are in Government and who advocate centralization of Government than any right-wing society members who are not in Government. I don’t spend my time worrying about conservative and too-conservative. I worry about the radical left in Government.” He added that he would refrain from political in-fighting with Republicans because “the Democratic strategy is to have Republicans eat Republicans, and I’ll be damned if I’ll follow it.” On other topics, Mr. Goldwater said he had no objection to a massive civil rights march on Washington Aug. 28 “as long as it stays peaceful,” and he has “an open mind” on the merits of a nuclear test ban treaty.


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