David Reagan's Accusations From The Republican Party Summary

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David Kopel 's article on the 1966 gubernatorial election discussed the extremism issue. Reagan dealt with accusations from the Democrats of being extremist. Incumbent Pat Brown upon hearing of Reagan 's candidacy remarked “gleeful anticipation of beating this politically inexperienced, right-wing extremist and aging actor.” Accusations came from the Republican side, but the 11th Commandment, “Thou shalt not speak ill of any other Republican,” kept accusations from being too loud. The 11th Commandment promoted unity within the Party. However, Reagan blocked these claims and any groups labeled as extremist. An endorsement from former President Eisenhower also helped dispel rumors and finger-pointing. The endorsement made it hard for

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