Fifty years ago Monday Ronald Reagan gave the speech that launched his career in politics and made him a star.
The speech, called "A Time for Choosing," aired to a primetime NBC audience and made him a household name.
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Reagan’s speech is still powerful, as Stuart Stevens said in the Daily Beast:
Read today, the speech still vibrates with a passionate intensity rarely found in any contemporary political discourse. This wasn’t a focused-grouped, calculated appeal to different constituencies. It was the voice of one man, deeply troubled by the course of his nation. Just as the Gettysburg Address was written without expectation that it would find greatness, Reagan’s speech was not intended to launch a career or a movement. It was a message from the heart.
Like it or hate it, like him or hate him, on Oct. 27, 1964, Ronald Reagan told America what he deeply believed. And it’s a hell of a speech.