On October 30, 1964, former Vice President Richard Nixon visited Wheeling to campaign for the Republican ticket, including gubernatorial candidate Cecil H. Underwood, Congressman Arch A. Moore Jr., and Senate candidate Cooper Benedict. Speaking to a large crowd, Nixon criticized the Johnson administration as "for the birds" and said West Virginia had become a "colony of Washington." He praised Underwood's previous term as governor and Moore's stature in Congress. Nixon accused the Democrats of a policy of "retreat and defeat" against communism and called for electing Barry Goldwater president to restore the principles of Eisenhower and Dulles. After leaving office in 1961,
Nixon traveled the globe meeting world leaders and campaigned for Republican candidates in 1964 and 1966.
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