The statue of former Sen. Barry Goldwater,R-Ariz.,was welcomed to the Capitol’s Statuary Hall in a ceremony Wednesday afternoon.
House Speaker John Boehner,R-Ohio.; Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell,R-Ky.; House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi,D-Calif.,and Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid,D-Nev.,all remembered Goldwater as a an exceptional politician.
“When others zigged,he zagged – and kept right on going. The beaten path and the same old BS: None of that was for him,” Boehner said.
Goldwater was also described as a complicated man,one who had to be talked into running for office.
“In many ways,this thinker and tinkerer – the kind of guy who’d dissect electronics just to see what made them tick – was both straightforward and complex,” McConnell said.
Goldwater served five terms in the Senate. He lost the 1964 presidential election to Lyndon B. Johnson in a landslide. Goldwater won just six states,but his campaign helped revive the Republican party and paved the way for Ronald Reagan’s election in 1980.
Goldwater angered some Republicans by saying that conservative positions included allowing abortion to be a woman’s choice and that federal laws should protect gays from job discrimination.
He retired in 1987 and died in 1998.
Each state is allowed two statues in the Capitol. Goldwater’s statue takes the place of the statue of John C. Greenway,an American mining,steel and railroad executive and member of Theodore Roosevelt’s Rough Riders during the Spanish-American War.
Arizona’s other statue depicts Eusebio Kino,a 17th century missionary
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