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Buckley For Mayor

Jonathan M. Schoenwald

in A Time for Choosing

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780195157260
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849390 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195157260.003.0007
Buckley For Mayor

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William F. Buckley, Jr. declared his candidacy for mayor of New York on June 24, 1965. Unwilling to concede defeat, Buckley's admirer, like millions of others, saw 1965 as the beginning of another crusade to put conservatism at the center of America's political spectrum. Strong Buckley support could prove valuable for the movement and demonstrate that conservatism was more quick than dead. By drawing the line between the corrupted Republican party and the Conservative party, Buckley offered a chance to get even for 1964, as well as the possibility that 1968 would be a very different year. He intended his campaign to focus solely on issues, and to a large degree he succeeded in keeping the emphasis off personalities and on the city's problems. The new life for conservatism is also shown. With the collapse of the movement a real possibility, Ronald Reagan was one of the last hopes for conservatives.

Keywords: William F. Buckley, Jr.; New York; mayor; conservatism; Republican party; Ronald Reagan

Chapter.  13035 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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