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Barry Goldwater
Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee
In office
January 3, 1985 â€“ January 3, 1987
Preceded by John Tower
Succeeded by Sam Nunn
Chairperson of the Senate Intelligence Committee
In office
January 3, 1981 â€“ January 3, 1985
Preceded by Birch Bayh
Succeeded by David Durenberger
United States Senator
from Arizona
In office
January 3, 1969 â€“ January 3, 1987
Preceded by Carl Hayden
Succeeded by John McCain
In office
January 3, 1953 â€“ January 3, 1965
Preceded by Ernest McFarland
Succeeded by Paul Fannin
Personal details
Born Barry Morris Goldwater
(1909-01-02)January 2, 1909
Phoenix, Arizona Territory, U.S.
Died May 29, 1998(1998-05-29) (aged 89)
Paradise Valley, Arizona, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Margaret Johnson (1934–1985)
Susan Shaffer Wechsler (1992–1998)


Alma mater University of Arizona
Religion Episcopalianism
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army (1941–1947)
 United States Air Force (1947–1967)
Years of service 1941–1945 (USAAF)
1945–1952 (ANG)
1952–1967 (USAFR)
Rank Lieutenant Colonel (USAAF)
Colonel (ANG)
Major General (USAFR)

U.S. Army Air Forces
Arizona Air National Guard
U.S. Air Force Reserve

Battles/wars World War II
Korean War

I think every good Christian ought to kick Falwell right in the ass.
Where is the politician who has not promised to fight to the death for lower taxes- and who has not proceeded to vote for the very spending projects that make tax cuts impossible?
Barry Goldwater
I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
Barry Goldwater
If you don't mind smelling like peanut butter for two or three days, peanut butter is darn good shaving cream.
Barry Goldwater
Equality, rightly understood as our founding fathers understood it, leads to liberty and to the emancipation of creative differences; wrongly understood, as it has been so tragically in our time, it leads first to conformity and then to despotism.
Barry Goldwater
Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
Barry Goldwater
You don't need to be straight to fight and die for your country. You just need to shoot straight.
Barry Goldwater
Nixon was the most dishonest individual I have ever met in my life. He lied to his wife, his family, his friends, his colleagues in the Congress, lifetime members of his own political party, the American people and the world.
Barry Goldwater
The income tax created more criminals than any other single act of government.
Barry Goldwater
It's a great country, where anybody can grow up to be president… except me.
Barry Goldwater
American business has just forgotten the importance of selling.
You don't have to be straight to be in the military; you just have to be able to shoot straight.
Barry Goldwater
You've got to forget about this civilian. Whenever you drop bombs, you're going to hit civilians.
Barry Goldwater
Hubert Humphrey talks so fast that listening to him is like trying to read Playboy magazine with your wife turning the pages.
Barry Goldwater
I could have ended the war in a month. I could have made North Vietnam look like a mud puddle.
Barry Goldwater
I won't say that the papers misquote me, but I sometimes wonder where Christianity would be today if some of those reporters had been Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
Barry Goldwater
I will offer a choice, not an echo.
To disagree, one doesn't have to be disagreeable.
I think any man in business would be foolish to fool around with his secretary. If it's somebody else's secretary, fine.
Barry Goldwater
I wouldn't trust Nixon from here to that phone.
If everybody in this town connected with politics had to leave town because of chasing women and drinking, you would have no government.
Barry Goldwater
When I'm not a politician, I'll be dead.
The only summit meeting that can succeed is the one that does not take place.
Barry Goldwater