I wish I was as sure that Goldwater is as against war as I am that he's against some of these other things.
I wish I could believe that he has the imagination to be able to just shut his eyes and picture what this country would look like after a nuclear war. I wouldn't have worried so much about party unity because if you unite behind a man you don't believe in, it's a lie.
Sometimes, I wish I'd been at that convention at San Francisco. I tell you, those people who got control of that convention: Who are they?
Museum of the Moving Image The Living Room Candidate - Transcript "Confessions of a Republican," Johnson, 1964 [TEXT: Confessions of a Republican] REPUBLICAN: I don't know just why they wanted to call this a confession; I certainly don't feel guilty about being a Republican. My father is, his father was, the whole family is a Republican family.
I voted for Dwight Eisenhower the first time I ever voted; I voted for Nixon the last time. A friend of mine just said to me, "Listen, just because a man sounds a little irresponsible during a campaign doesn't mean he's going to act irresponsibly." You know that theory, that the White House makes the man. You know what I think makes a President - I mean, aside from his judgement, his experience - are the men behind him, his advisors, the cabinet.
But when we come to Senator Goldwater, now it seems to me we're up against a very different kind of a man. And so many men with strange ideas are working for Goldwater.
You hear a lot about what these guys are against - they seem to be against just about everything - but what are they for?
The hardest thing for me about this whole campaign is to sort out one Goldwater statement from another. President Johnson, Johnson at least is talking about facts.
A reporter will go to Senator Goldwater and he'll say, "Senator, on such and such a day, you said, and I quote, 'blah blah blah' whatever it is, end quote." And then Goldwater says, "Well, I wouldn't put it that way." I can't follow that. Is he serious when he says I wouldn't put it that way? He says, "Look, we've got the tax cut bill and because of that you get to carry home X number of dollars more every payday.We've got the nuclear test ban and because of that there is X percent less radioactivity in the food." But, but Goldwater, often, I can't figure out just what Goldwater means by the things he says.I read now where he says, "A craven fear of death is sweeping across America. If he means that people don't want to fight a nuclear war, he's right. When I read some of these things that Goldwater says about total victory, I get a little worried, you know?I've thought about just not voting at this election, just staying home — but you can't do that, that's saying you don't care who wins, and I do care.I think my party made a bad mistake in San Francisco, and I'm going to have to vote against that mistake on the third of November.MALE NARRATOR: Vote for President Johnson on November 3rd. "The idea that you can merchandise candidates for high office like breakfast cereal is the ultimate indignity to the democratic process." -Democratic candidate Adlai Stevenson, 1956 "Television is no gimmick, and nobody will ever be elected to major office again without presenting themselves well on it." -Television producer and Nixon campaign consultant Roger Ailes, 1968 In a media-saturated environment in which news, opinions, and entertainment surround us all day on our television sets, computers, and cell phones, the television commercial remains the one area where presidential candidates have complete control over their images.