Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr. “The Future of the GOP”

Firing Line Videos, Hoover Institution, taped on September 14, 1967, uploaded to YouTube on August 13, 2010.

Guest: Richard Nixon


Nixon, attempting to come back after losing the presidential election in 1960 and the California gubernatorial election in 1962, casts his remarks so as to hold onto conservatives who had voted for Goldwater without losing the many Americans who had not voted for Goldwater. The result is mostly bland, but there is considerable historical interest in encountering the prepresidential Nixon: “Naturally I’m a prejudiced witness. . . . But I believe that as this campaign in 1968 unfolds, that the nation will see that the new Republican Party is one which advocates change, but advocates change in a different way from the irresponsibles. And I mean by that, that in changing those things that are wrong in America, we must not destroy the things that are right. That to me is the essence of true conservatism.”