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A Time For Choosing
October 27, 1964

In 1964 I became cochairman of Californians for Barry Goldwater. I went up and down the state with a campaign speech I’d written that wasn’t too different in tone and message from my GE presentations. The speech seemed to go over very well.

One night a few weeks before the ele

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Remarks and a Question-and-Answer Session With Reporters on the Air Traffic Controllers Strike, August 3, 1981
August 3, 1981

I’m not very good at firing people; maybe it goes back to the fact that as a child I can remember my father being out of work. I know the hardship and dislocation it can cause a family. But I also believe that people should keep their word when they make a promise. This is why I fired th

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Remarks at the Annual Convention of the National Association of Evangelicals in Orlando, Florida, March 8, 1983
March 8, 1983

This is the "evil empire" speech that was often quoted as defining my attitude toward the Soviets. At the time it was portrayed as some kind of know-nothing, archconservative statement that could only drive the Soviets to further heights of paranoia and insecurity.

For too long our leade

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Address to the Nation on the Events of Lebanon and Grenada, October 27, 1983
January 27, 1983

George Shultz invited us down to Augusta one October weekend to golf. It was a weekend that I will never forget. Nancy and I were put up in the cottage Ike used when he frequented the links there. The weekend would have been eventful enough by the fact that a gunman took over the pro shop and

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Remarks at a United States-France Ceremony Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion, D-Day, June 6, 1984
June 6, 1984
This was an emotional day. The ceremonies honoring the fortieth anniversary of D-Day became more than commemorations. They became celebration of heroism and sacrifice. This place, Pointe de Hoc, in itself was moving and majestic. I stood there on that windswept point with the ocean behind me. B
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Address to the Nation on the Upcoming Soviet-United States Summit Meeting in Geneva, November 14, 1985
November 14, 1985

The only reason I’d never met with General Secretary Gorbachev’s predecessors was because they kept dying on me - Brezhnev, Chernenko, Andropov. Then along came Gorbachev. He was different in style, in substance, and, I believe, in intellect from previous Soviet leaders. He is a ma

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