In this edition of Meet the Press, former actor Ronald Reagan, candidate for Governor of California, faces tough questions about his qualifications while displaying his familiar ease and confidence in front of the camera. Put on the spot by panelist Lawrence Spivak-"Don't you yourself think it might have been better if you'd gotten some political experience running for a lower office?"-Reagan speaks with the genial candor that would contribute to his future characterization as the Great Communicator: "Well, this might be true if I had set out to have a political career," he says. "But frankly, until last November, it had never occurred to me." Introduced by Tim Russert.
Ronald Reagan Announces Candidacy for California Governor (2:49) -- Ronald Reagan on Lack of Political Experience (3:03) -- Ronald Reagan on State and Federal Income Taxes (3:23) -- Ronald Reagan on Individual Freedom (3:16) -- Ronald Reagan on Being a Republican (2:37) -- Ronald Reagan on Crime Control in California (2:11) -- Ronald Reagan on the John Birch Society (4:32) -- Ronald Reagan on the John Birch Society and Ghettos (1:43) -- Ronald Reagan on Civil Rights Act (2:00)
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