I'm old enough to have voted for Goldwater in a presidential election, but I didn't. At the time, I naively wanted to use my vote to encourage a third political party--any party, as long as it wasn't Democratic or Republican. Also, Goldwater's idea of foreign policy seemed somewhat radical to me. Lately though, I've come to admire some of the things he said. The following quote is a good example:
"Don't raise hell about the gays, the blacks and the Mexicans. Free people have the right to do as they damn well please." attributed to Barry Goldwater." Living History, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Simon & Schuster, 2003, page 21.