For A Democrat… (Vol. 30, Issue 1)
During the past eleven months, President Lyndon Johnson has distinguished himself by thoroughly and forcefully taking over the reins of the most powerful political office in the free world. In assuming the position vacated by the late John F. Kennedy, he has performed, not as a mere stop-gap, but as an efficient and productive leader. Now, he attempts to gain a personal mandate from the people of the United States.
Running against President Johnson is a man surrounded by an air of doubt and confusion. Senator Goldwater is known for his philosophy of simplicity; but, paradoxically, he has not been able to organize his beliefs and state them clearly. In those instances where Goldwater’s positions have been definitely understood, they have reflected a far-right philosophy foreign to American tradition.
A most vital issue in a presidential campaign, as evidenced in the Eisenhower and, more tragically, in the Kennedy Administration, is the role of the vice-president. President Johnson has chosen, as his running mate, a familiar and respected senator. Barry Goldwater has personally selected a relatively unknown congressman whose only apparent prominence is in the realm of political vituperation.
The American people dom indeed have a definite choice in 1964, and we are confident that they will choose wisely.