Goldwater's Attempt at Damage Control
Sunday, November 1, 2015 at 6:38PM
W. R. in 1964, Barry Goldwater, Eisenhower, Microposts

In late September of 1964, Republican Presidential candidate Barry Goldwater attempted to confront the widespread impression that he was too dangerous to become president. Hoping to push back against the public impression created by Johnson's infamous "Daisy Ad", which aired earlier the same month, Goldwater joined Dwight D. Eisenhower at the former president's Gettysburg ranch. Here's how General Eisenhower vouched for the Republican nominee in a 30 second spot, which was excerpted for air from a longer version: 

Operative word: "Tommyrot" (noun) - nonsense; utter foolishness.

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