I was watching the 1960 Presidential debates, and something Nixon said of Kennedy during the debate jumped out at me. He said in essence they both want the American people to prosper, they both want security for the aged, they both want America to be strong abroad; they only differ in the means of going about it.
And yeah, I've read that both Kennedy and Goldwater were very much looking forward to the '64 debates. There was a mutual respect there across the aisle. Goldwater was a very kind hearted man in general, IMO.
What most people didn't know at the time was that Reagan would have Tip over for drinks at the White House at the end of the day after they had been going at it like crazy, calling each other every name in the book.
I do remember Tip and Reagan, and that they did socialize together at the end of the day. They knew that they had to play the game during the day but they didn't let it poison them.
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