New Right in American Politics

Archive Report

Surge of Conservative Sentiment

Movement of Voters Toward the Right

On Aug. 2, Rep. Philip M. Crane, R-Ill., became the first major party candidate to declare himself in the running for the 1980 presidential election. Crane, who is chairman of the American Conservative Union, said his campaign for the Republican nomination would be “a commitment to free people from excessive government” and unreasonable taxation. If Crane's name is not exactly a household word, his message struck a familiar chord. In a new wave of conservative sentiment — epitomized by the current “taxpayers' revolt” — a growing number of citizens across the country are voicing the same demands.1

Although the swing to the right is something less than an organized action, conservative candidates and causes appear to be ...

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