Republican Senator Barry Goldwater made his formal concession statement Wednesday (4 November) at his election headquarters near phoenix, Arizona.
Excerpts of Goldwater prepared statement and news conference
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Background: Republican Senator Barry Goldwater made his formal concession statement Wednesday (4 November) at his election headquarters near phoenix, Arizona. Even though the landslide proportions of his defeat were evident Tuesday night, the Senator elected to say nothing until he had a chance to study the returns.
In a prepared statement, he told newsmen that he had no intention of leaving the party or of changing his conservative philosophy, despite reports that the electorate had shown in the election outcome that they had rejected the Senator's conservative band of Republicanism. "Being unemployed as of January third," said the Senator, "I will have a lot of time to work to strengthen the Republican Party." He promised to keep control of the party, and made it clear he would not surrender the leadership to the liberal Republicans forces who opposed him for the nomination. On January 3, Mr. Goldwater's Senatorial term is up and, having failed for the presidency, he will leave public office. Mr. Goldwater attributed his defeat in large measure to what he described as the near impossibility of defeating an incumbent President who, said Mr. Goldwater, has the entire apparatus of Federal employees on his side and can control and manage the news. NO incumbent American President except Herbert Hoover has been defeated for re-election in this century.