September 7 - 1963: JFK meets with the opponent he didn't live to run against

John Kennedy and Barry Goldwater chat at the White House
President John F. Kennedy (right) poses with Senator Barry Goldwater during a Congressional Coffee Hour in the Blue Room in 1961. Robert Knudsen. White House Photographs. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston.

1963: JFK meets with the opponent he didn't live to run against

On this day in 1963, President John F. Kennedy and Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona chatted at a ceremony in Washington, DC honoring General Emmett O'Donnell.

The following year, Goldwater was nominated as the Republican candidate for president. But given the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, he opposed and lost to President Lyndon Johnson.

In his obituary, Washington Post said of Goldwater, "Mr. Goldwater was enthusiastic about the prospects of running against President John F. Kennedy, whom he liked personally, but disagreed with politically.

Goldwater served five terms in the Senate, from 1953-1965 and again from 1969-1987. He died at the age of 89 in 1998. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on