Rick Perry= Barry Goldwater. Mitt Romney=Richard Nixon

Rick Perry doubles down on his opposition to Social Security during the Republican presidential debate last night at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

In 1964, Barry Goldwater got into hot water over his opposition to the Civil Rights Act. The bill became a signature piece of Great Society legislation, just like Social Security became a defining feature of the New Deal.

Mitt Romney affirms Romneycare in front of a New Hampshire audience. The former Massachusetts governor defends his health care legislation on federalism grounds, saying it’s right for Massachusetts but not right for Mississippi.

President Richard Nixon first supported the “new federalism” in 1969. Nixon wanted to diffuse central power away from Washington and back to the states. The speech begins at the 28:50 mark on this video.


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