September begins with a look back on some favorite interviews from the Political Junkie archives. We start this week with a chat with Barry Goldwater Jr., son of the 1964 Republican presidential nominee, a candidate who — like Donald Trump — had serious problems uniting his party in advance of the election.
Uniting behind a campaign issue has also proven difficult. Larry Noble of the Campaign Legal Center talks about the years-long efforts to get lawmakers to pass a campaign finance overhaul bill. But even when that came to pass, in 2002 — the McCain-Feingold Act — the results were not long lasting. And in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, more money is being spent on campaigns than ever before.
The Olympics are over, which leads to one of our trivia questions: Who was the last president who went undefeated in his political career — in general elections AND primaries? Aaron Blake of the Washington Post came by for a chat about presidents and defeats they suffered.
And finally, Ron Klain, Al Gore’s former chief of staff, talks about the aftermath of the 2000 presidential election, when the Supreme Court decided the oh-so-close Bush v. Gore race.
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