On Oct. 13, 1988, liberal Democrat George McGovern and conservative Republican Barry Goldwater dropped by the MacNeil/Lehrer Report to discuss the differences between liberalism and conservatism, and the divisive politics of their parties during the presidential elections of George H.W. Bush over Michael Dukakis.
McGovern and Goldwater became close friends in spite of their ideological differences. Both men were World War II veterans, had lost Presidential campaigns in a landslide and both had fruitful careers in the Senate.
In this video, Goldwater criticized the conservatives who questioned the patriotism of liberals. Both McGovern and Goldwater deplored the meanness of the 1988 Presidential elections. At that time, Lee Atwater ran an ad campaign for George Bush that questioned Dukakis’s patriotism and used racist appeals. Towards the end of his life, when he was dying of cancer, Lee Atwater publicly apologized to Michael Dukakis for how he ran the 1988 campaign against Dukakis.