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.