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  • Goldwater Remembered

  •   Goldwater Nuggets

    By Lloyd Grove
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Friday, May 30, 1998; Page E1

    Unlike nearly every other politician who ever lived, anywhere in the world, Barry Goldwater always said exactly what was on his mind. He spared his listeners nothing.

    In July 1994, the then-85-year-old former senator, best known as "Mr. Conservative," granted one of his last interviews at his hillside house in Phoenix. Distracted by the yapping of his wife's pet schnauzer, Goldwater began the session by roaring at his secretary: "Throw that damn dog in the incinerator and turn it on!"

    His other comments were equally unrestrained:

  • On his 1964 presidential opponent, Lyndon Baines Johnson: "The most dishonest man we ever had in the presidency."

  • On conservative religious activists in the GOP: "When you say 'radical right' today, I think of these moneymaking ventures by fellows like Pat Robertson and others who are trying to take the Republican Party away from the Republican Party, and make a religious organization out of it. If that ever happens, kiss politics goodbye."

  • On Bob Dole: "I said one day that Dole had a temper, and he got madder than hell. He has one. He has a mean one."

  • On President Clinton: "The best thing Clinton could do – I think I wrote him a letter about this, but I'm not sure – is to shut up.... He has no discipline."

  • On former Goldwater Girl Hillary Rodham Clinton: "If he'd let his wife run business, I think he'd be better off."

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