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Arizona is voting in the presidential primary today. Here is an exclusive excerpt from my new book Front Row Seat at the Circus!

From the Chapter: The Highest Ceiling

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Hillary Clinton holds Goldwater brochure, 1964

While Clinton is painted as a liberal by Republicans, many are surprised to learn she actually started in politics in 1964 as a young Republican supporter of Barry Goldwater, often called the “father of modern conservatism.”

First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton gestures while talking with former Sen. Barry Goldwater at his home in Paradise Valley, Ariz., Tuesday, Oct. 15, 1996. Mrs. Clinton was in Tucson, Ariz., campaigning during the day and flew to Phoenix for a private visit with Goldwater. (AP Photo/Peter Ensenberger)
Barry Goldwater meets with Hillary Clinton shortly before the 1996 election

“His emphasis on individual responsibility was exactly in line with the way I was raised,” Clinton told me. “I supported him strongly in that election and I was a Goldwater girl.”

When her husband Bill sought reelection as president in 1996, Goldwater said of him, “If he’d let Hillary run business, I think he’d be better off. I just like the way she acts.”


About Jim Heath

Jim Heath is the author of the new best seller Front Row Seat at the Circus - One Journalist's Journey through Two Presidential Elections. The book is about Jim's experiences covering the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns - from South Carolina, the first southern primary state, to Ohio, the ultimate battleground state in presidential elections. A recipient of the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism, Jim is also a two-time Emmy award winner with more than 15 years experience as both a main evening anchor and political reporter. A longtime advocate of social media, GQ Magazine listed Jim on their Top 5 political "Power List" and the Washington Post named him to their "Best Super Tuesday Twitter List." Jim's news career has taken him from Arizona to South Carolina to Ohio.

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