Republicans: The Kickoff

Barry Goldwater stood before 150 Republican precinct leaders in Cleveland last week and invited them to ask questions. One began, "Since we have a suspicion you are running for President . . ." Whereupon Goldwater grinned and broke in: "You can suspicion all you darned please, but as of now I'm not a candidate." The politicians broke out in disbelieving laughter, and Barry insisted," I'm not kiddin' you."

Barry was not, of course, kidding anyone. He has been wearing his cleated shoes in practice sessions for months. Last week, starting a speaking tour, he really kicked off...

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