Ronald Reagan won a big reelection vote in 1984 because he and the Platform offered voters a clear-cut choice, not an echo, on issues that matter to Americans – national defense, foreign policy, Communism, fiscal policy, and social and family concerns. The Platform took a strong stand for lower taxes, for human life, against the Equal Rights Amendment, for parents’ rights in public schools, against gay rights, against judicial supremacy, and for an anti-missile defense. In 1984, we doubled the conservative vote. The 27 million conservatives who voted for Barry Goldwater in 1964 grew to 54 million conservatives in 1984.
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