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July 15, 1964 - GOP Convention - View From The Cow Palace: Sliding Off The Rails.

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News for this day, at least in the U.S., had primarily to do with the Republican Convention and the selection of Barry Goldwater as Presidential Candidate. Long thought to be the turning point in the Republican Party, it actually began somewhere shortly after the 1954 off-year election and with the
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News for this day, at least in the U.S., had primarily to do with the Republican Convention and the selection of Barry Goldwater as Presidential Candidate. Long thought to be the turning point in the Republican Party, it actually began somewhere shortly after the 1954 off-year election and with the 1962 off-year elections making the move to the extreme right more visible. By 1964, what was considered to be the radical minority wing of the Party had taken over and swept Barry Goldwater to the forefront as the standard bearer for the Republicans, and a stunning repudiation of the moderate and liberal wings of the party. During this last hour of the nomination process, a lot of commentary passed over the airwaves over what this new direction of the Party was to potentially mean and how it was reacted to by the Republican establishment. It’s interesting to note that, in 1964 the majority of newspapers in this country were considered to be Republican dominated (contrary to the Liberal Press as it is often bandied about), and how the press itself saw this new change at the convention as something ominous for the future of the country. Now that the moderate and liberal wings of the GOP were tossed aside, this new breed was viewed as something potentially dangerous. And how this was going to bode with voters in November was cause for a lot of speculation. But on this night in 1964, all eyes were on the GOP, Arizona and the Favorite Son who made good. July 15, 1964 as reported by Walter Cronkite, Eric Sevareid, and a host of others – along with Civil Rights demonstrations outside the Cow Palace in San Francisco. And we thought this all happened yesterday . . . . .
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tell, we've been told perhaps we can see that. Look at the mouth in the lobby of the hotel. Governor Stratton's headquarters there and the successful candidate, Senator Goldwater's headquarters, are there? Mark Hopkins is undoubtedly one of the world. But right now, during this Mark Hopkins Hotel, going up to pay his respects to Senator Goldwater and to congratulate him. Governor Rockefeller Wing coming through said he, I haven't got a yeah bill. We hear you, Governor Rockefeller, as he came through this jam packed lobby, said that no, he wasn't disappointed. He put up a good fight. He was fighting for the principles that he believed in. This is Phil Scheffler in the lobby of the Mark Hopkins Hotel. Thank you Phil I was saying the Mark Hopkins is undoubtedly one of the grand hospitals, but it's uh made for a more leisurely era than a political convention. And with three elevators and both of the principal candidates in that hotel on on the 15th and 16th floors, it's going to be quite a mess down there tonight. Well, eric there it is. And I think in the closing statements here, we really got a reflection of the way a lot of people leave this uh convention hall tonight. The appeal for Unity from a good loser William Scranton. But the obvious bitterness of the senator keating who has to run this year for reelection and difficult state. Yes, these were the sad, maybe sour is the word notes follow this thing. Uh Party unity generally holds, this party is obviously not going to split. Some individuals may split off or run independently, but that has happened many times before. And maybe senator keating will be one will have to do that if by some odd trick of faith, the nomination had been snatched away from Senator Goldwater last moment. Then I think the temper of these conservatives that you might have had a split party, don't you agree walter? Yes, I think it's possible. Although it's a little hard to predict what they might have done in the need of their passion much deeper and there were more of them. This was the whole concentration here of an old american heritage, this conservative cast of mind and conception of what american life should be. Now, the platform won't make so much difference. Everything the nominee now says will be the voice of this party. He will symbolize it. This quiet and homespun appearing man from a very small Southwest state has been given the second highest honor that can be given in the political life of this country, short only of the presidency itself and against a polished, highly educated man from a very large Eastern state Governor Scranton. It was a case of four years of hard work against four weeks, a very hard work and the outcome has not been in doubt, at least since California last june 2nd. Well, anything we can say now walter is would be just epilogue. And just footnotes to what I think is a pretty important page in american history because this party now has taken a different turn. In a sense, it's a new party. No, these roots are very old. And this turning comes at a time when we are in the middle of the great effort by the negro americans to come into their long delayed quality of equality in american life. And that is the heart issue really, in this whole affair we've watched for the last three days. And the question for everyone now is what effect this turn of this great party is going to have in the context of this fundamental social issue that we're all trying to live through, What effect it will have on the mind and the nerve ends of the american people between now and november. I would think now that the first problem is not so much to for Mr Goldwater and his people to patch up differences with the moderate or liberal wing of the party. There are many conservatives who must be a reconciled that is people like the leader in Ohio Mr Bliss and others, and then they must start to build their own organization in those states like pennsylvania, New Jersey massachusetts and michigan, where they have not had the strong organization. It would be interesting if we had the time and the our brains weren't so numbed, at least mine is to check and see where these delegations that gave Mr gold wire their majority vote, uh what they did in 1960 in the general election.
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