Reagan’s political career began to unfold when he decided to work on the 1964 Goldwater campaign for President. The endorsement of once presidential nominee Barry Goldwater: A conservative Republican Senator from Arizona, culminated with Reagan gaining national prominence with his “Time for Choosing” speech endorsing Goldwater in his bid for the presidency. In what author Paul Kengor, terms his spiritual biography of Ronald Reagan; the author suggests the “The time for Choosing” speech was a watershed moment for American Leadership (GOD 109). The speech was such a success that in the wake of Goldwater’s trouncing in the 1964 Presidential election, what pundits thought surely the demise of the right wing conservative movement, conservative activist in California began talking about Reagan as a candidate for Governor in 1966. Reagan in fact did run in 1966.
Bush's victory was also a victory for the Republican Party, but the Democrats received a similar victory in that they retained control of both the House and the Senate. The presidential election as a whole was a negative race, with an abundance of personal attacks (mainly instigated by Bush). The election of Bush in 1988 confirmed the Republican domination of presidential politics for another four years. The Republican Primary was a race between Vice President George Bush and Senator Bob Dole because President Reagan had reached his term limit and could not run again. Bush was Reagan's Vice President, so he started the race as the Republican front-runner.
Reagan decided to run for Governor of California in 1966 and defeated Edmund G. Brown, Sr., by nearly one million votes. His two terms as governor were tough because six of the eight years he served the legislature was controlled by Democrats, him being a Republican. As governor, Reagan became known as a conservative politician who wanted to restrict government involvement in economy and society. Ronald Reagan made a last-minute effort to get the 1968 Republican presidenti... ... middle of paper ... ...ent to Muslim guerillas fighting the communist government of Afghanistan. In 1982, in an effort to strengthen the Lebanon government, he sent marines to Lebanon.
Reagan was a democrat until after the of age 50 and had prolonged respect for Franklin D. Roosevelt whose “New Deal” provided jobs for his family. However, his liberal stance changed once he saw the effects of high taxes, issues of Communism in the film industry, and an overly-involved federal government (Miller Center, Freidel and Sidey). He was elected governor of California in 1966 and again in 1970 (Appleby 975). After being defeated by Gerald Ford for the 1976 Republican Presidential nomination, he successfully defeated Jimmy Carter in 1980. At the age of 69, he became the oldest elected president of the United States (D’Souza 77-83).
Kennedy won the nomination on the first ballot and then persuaded Johnson to become his running mate. Two weeks later the Republicans nominated Vice President Richard Nixon for president and Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., who was ambassador to the United Nations and whom Kennedy had defeated for the Senate in 1952, for vice president. In the fast-paced campaign th... ... middle of paper ... ...approached an underpass, two shots were fired in rapid succession. One bullet passed through the president’s neck and struck Governor Connally in the back. The other bullet struck the president in the head.
Stevenson's loss “helped set the stage for one of the most dramatic and memorable presidential campaigns in U.S. history” (Mehltretter). In the 1960 elections, John F. Kennedy won the Democratic nomination despite his youth, lack of experience and his Catholic faith (JFK Library). His opponent, Richard Nixon was the vice president of an administration popular with Americans and had significant experience in foreign affairs (Mehltretter). The 1960 Election was also overshadowed by rising tensions between the Soviet Union and the Uni... ... middle of paper ... ...ry & Museum, n.d. Web.
He also had attacked Reagan as a dangerous radical after he defeated Tom Kennedy for the nomination. For his part Reagan, the charismatic ex-Governor of California, repeatedly made fun of Carter's powerlessness , and won a landside victory that carried the United States Senate for the first time in 28 years. Reagan's victory marked the beginning of the "Reagan Revolution." George Bush and Ronald Reagan went head to head for the Republican spot. It certainly paid off for Bush in January 1980 when he won the Iowa Republican straw poll.
He lost the election in 1988 when running for presidency. Apparently he won several primaries but his campaign appeared to be unfocused and unorganized. In 1993 he was nominated as Bill Clinton's running mate for that presidential election. He also became Clinton's close confidant, while also helping develop some of his own areas of concern such as down sizing the government and developing urban establishments and fighting global warming. This ticket helped him gain the office of vice President of the US which he has held for two consecutive terms.