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In 1964, actor and television personality Roland Reagan (1911–2004) presented “A Time for Choosing,” a televised speech in support of Barry Goldwater, the Republican candidate for president that year. Goldwater lost, but the speech helped launch Reagan’s political career. In 1966, Reagan was elected Governor of California. In 1968 and 1976, he was a serious contender for the Republican presidential nomination. Finally, in 1980, the Republican Party nominated Ragan to run against incumbent President Jimmy Carter. Through all these years, Reagan presented a consistent, conservative critique of social and cultural changes in the United States. Unlike many conservative social critics, Reagan was optimistic about America’s future.

Ronald Reagan, “Acceptance Speech,” Vital Speeches of the Day 46 (August 15, 1980), 642–646.

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