The son of Republican icon Barry Goldwater, Sr. thinks that the race for the GOP nod is far from over -- despite the fact that Mitt Romney has jumped out to a huge lead in the Silver State and after his emphatic victory in the Florida primary.
Many are seeing Romney's eventual nomination as inevitable. But Barry Goldwater, Jr., a supporter of Texas Rep. Ron Paul, does not agree. "This nominating process to find our candidate takes time," he tells Newsmax.TV in an exclusive interview.
Goldwater says all four of the remaining candidates Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum are acceptable. "If you sit back and look at all the candidates, they're OK, they're pretty close to where the Republican Party should be," he explains.
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"We have 50 states and every state is important, so you can't say anyone has sealed the deal. These things are unpredictable. Even though somebody's ahead today, you never know about tomorrow," Goldwater adds.
Indeed, he believes it would be good for the nominating process to go all the way to the Republican National Convention, reminiscing that that is what happened when his father won the nomination in 1964.
The longer the Republican primary season keeps going, the better it is for the party as it keeps the GOP's message in front of the voters, Goldwater says.
But the son of the late conservative icon admonishes that the candidates should get back to debating the issues and stop flinging mud at each other.
And he said his father would be would be "greatly disturbed" by the amount of money that is now involved in winning an election.
Goldwater, a 7-term former congressman from California, now lives in Arizona, the state his father represented in the Senate. He was speaking on the day before the caucuses in Nevada, which borders both states.
"It would be a good thing because it keeps the Republican message out in front of the people and that's what we need to start looking at getting that message out. These last couple of primaries, where they have gotten very personal and nasty, doesn't help the Republican Party."
Goldwater, now 73, sat in the House from 1969-1983. He was the first ever Congressman to be voted in at the same time as his father was a U.S.
Goldwater said one thing he does not miss about being in elective government is the fund-raising, calling it "the worst part of politics from a candidate's standpoint. I didn't like it; my father didn't like it. I don¹t know any politician that likes the money side of politics," he said.
"(My father) would probably be greatly disturbed with the magnitude and the humongous amount of money that is raised and spent on these campaigns."
He said he favors Paul because of his stand on limited government.
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